Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.
As this third day of July draws to a close and the sun making only spotty appearances in the EastWing sky this day. Thoughts and reflections flood my soul of things that started this nation on the road to greatness while wondering will it last. Seems that some of the current administration folks wants us to believe we are nothing special. In fact we are just lucky. Also that God had nothing to do with were we are today. Just luck of the draw.
I believe otherwise. Here’s a little bit of why……..
American legend says that during one of the first battles of the Revolutionary War, the noise of early morning gunfire woke some sleeping eagles, which flew from their nests and circled overhead. “They are shrieking for freedom,” the Patriots said. And so the bird got on the right side early in the war.
The bald eagle has been a national emblem since June 1782, when Congress adopted the Great Seal of the United States, which features a widespread eagle. Congress chose the bald eagle because it is native to only North America, and because eagles have long symbolized strength, courage, freedom, and long life. You can find the eagle, among other places, on quarters, dollar bills, half-dollars, the president’s flag, and the mace of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The term bald does not mean the eagle lacks feathers on it’s head . That term comes from piebald, an old English word meaning “spotted with white,” and refers to the white feathers on the bird’s head and tail. By the mid-twentieth century, much of the bald eagle population had been wiped out by hunting, trapping, loss of forestland, and pollution from pesticides. In 1963, the Lower 48 states were home to only about 400 nesting pairs.
The bald eagle first gained federal protection in 1940, and in 1967 it was listed as an endangered species. Since that time, it has made a remarkable comeback. By 2007, the Lower 48 were home to some 10,000 nesting pairs. In Alaska, where the bald eagle was never endangered, the population was estimated at between 50,000 and 70,000 birds.
In June 2007 the Interior Department announced that it was taking the bald eagle off the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. Killing or harming these majestic creatures remains a federal crime.
Two things I find saddening about my thoughts on the eagles. The first being, we have harsh Federal Laws against killing eagles. These laws extend to the total protection of eagle eggs, the unborn eagle babies. Violation of such laws can be punishable by up to $100,000.00 and 10 years in prison. The second saddening thought being we have no such laws to protect unborn human babies.
Caesar Rodney, ever heard of him? Well don’t feel bad most folk have not either. I came across Caesar Rodney a long, long time ago while looking for something to write about for a story about the Declaration of Independence.
Many have had contact with Caesar Rodney and never knew he was around simply because in 1999 the U.S. Mint launched a series of quarters honoring the fifty states. The back of the Delaware quarter, the first in the series, features a man in a tri-corner hat on a galloping horse. The rider on the Delaware quarter is Caesar Rodney, one of Delaware’s three signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Caesar Rodney was a well-to-do planter who had served in Delaware’s legislature, led protests against the Stamp Tax, and organized Patriot militia before being elected to the Continental Congress. Despite such activity, he was a man of poor health. He suffered from asthma as well as skin cancer that had left his face so disfigured, he often hid one side of it behind a green silk scarf. Yet as John Adams noted, there was “fire, spirit, wit, and humor in his countenance.”
Caesar Rodney was in Delaware on the evening of July 1, 1776, when he received an urgent message from Philadelphia. Congress was ready to vote on the issue of independence. Of the two other Delaware delegates, one favored and one opposed a break with England, so Rodney’s vote would decide which way the colony would go but only if he could get there in time.
He rode through the night, in thunder and rain, to cover the 80 miles to Philadelphia. The next day, just as Congress prepared to vote, the delegates heard hoof beats on cobblestones, and a mud-spattered Caesar Rodney strode into the hall, still wearing his spurs, exhausted but ready to break the tie in his state’s delegation by voting for independence.
On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress made the earth-shattering decision to break from England: “Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.” Two days later, it adopted the Declaration of Independence.
From The EastWing, Getting Ready For July 4th , The Eagles & The Patriots
I Wish You Well,