After the United States became a nation, the Founding Fathers wanted to choose a national emblem. The task was more difficult than they probably expected. Some people suggested the eagle. Benjamin Franklin disagreed because many other countries had previously chosen the eagle as their emblem. Franklin also said that eagles didn’t represent integrity because they steal food from other animals.
Questions and Answers
Question: What emblems have other countries chosen to represent them?
Answer: Many countries have chosen animals or flowers that are special to their country as emblems. Australia’s emblem is the kangaroo; Ireland’s emblem is the shamrock; and India’s emblem is the peaco-ck. You can see our national emblem, the bald eagle, on our money, as well as the Presidential seal.
Visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to learn more about how the bald eagle became our national emblem.
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