Independence Day

Today is Independence Day in the U.S.

The bald eagle was chosen in 1782 as the symbol of our new nation, though not without some controversy. Benjamin Franklin felt eagles were birds of “bad moral character” because they rob food from other birds. Franklin felt the turkey a brave and more respectable candidate. His loss was our gain. After all, what would people in the U.S. eat on Thanksgiving Day? Certainly not our national bird!

Be safe and sane if you’re celebrating Independence Day. I’m of a mind to grill a turkey burger.

6 thoughts on “Independence Day”

  1. What a great photo! The turkey as a national bird would have been a disaster! Hope you have a fun 4th…just don’t eat too many turkey burgers as that will make it more difficult to fly like an eagle!

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