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Updated: 07/11/2014 09:22:55AM

A sketch of our national symbol

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A Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leaucocephalus) in flight.

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Welcome to the roost! What better bird to sketch today than the Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leaucocephalus), inasmuch as we will be celebrating Independence Day this Friday.

This symbol of the United States of America, grasping an olive branch (peace) in its right talon and a bundle of arrows (war) in its left talon, reminds friend and foe that our country is ready, willing and able to pursue either course when necessary.

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