Eagle Ceremonies (Long)
Stan Hodge (STANH@MAIL.TDOC.TEXAS.GOV)
Wed, 26 Jul 1995 13:23:34 -0600
In our unit it is customary to present an eagle scout with a silver dollar
(alright silver clad -- the silver ones have just become too expensive)
with the image of an eagle on one side. We do this as a gift from the
sponsoring organization -- I nice touch to keep them involved, I think.
When I make the presentation, I use words somewhat like the script that
follows. I use it as a general guide rather than reading it, so it never
really comes out the same way twice, but if you like it, feel free to use it.
The script is a rather heavily edited version of a piece I found in the book,
"Rebirth of America," page 9.
SYMBOLISM OF THE EAGLE
[Call the new eagle scout by name and present the coin.] [Name of eagle]
I present this silver dollar in commemoration of your achievement on
behalf of [congregation, stake, Lion's Club, or whatever]. If you turn the
coin over, you will see the image of an eagle emblazoned on the coin
thus making it an appropriate token of remembrance.
For thousands of years, the eagle has been admired for its grandeur, its
grace in flight, and its great size and awesome power. In so many
ways, the eagle symbolizes the character traits that made America great
and that must be reinstilled in each generation if we are to preserve for
our children and grandchildren the freedom which God has so graciously
entrusted to us.
The soaring eagle is a stirring picture of the true meaning of liberty.
Assisted by his powerful wings, the eagle glides effortlessly to altitudes
of over 24,000 feet and is capable of using his wings to carry other
eagles to safety. Turbulent winds only cause him to fly higher and
faster. To the American Indian, a falling eagle feather was viewed as an
answer to prayers.
The eagle's keen eyesight enables him to be sensitive to approaching
danger and to protect himself and his family. The eagle displays the
sense of responsibility that is a companion of genuine liberty. He mates
for life and returns to the same nest each year, making necessary
repairs and additions. He takes an active role in providing for his family
and in teaching his young to fly.
[Eagle Scout's Name], we need more young men like you with the
character of eagles. We need more young men like you who will love
freedom and who will seek to exercise that freedom responsibly, and
who will ensure that it will be maintained for subsequent generations.
We need more young men like you [name of eagle] with the character of
eagles whose lives will embody the principles of the Scout law. We need
young men who, with quiet determination, will make lives which will be
successful not only in the eyes of the world, but also in the eyes of their
families as devoted fathers and husbands. We need more young men,
who -- like eagles -- will provide their families with spiritual protection,
the necessities of life, and daily leadership.
[Name of eagle] today you join the ranks of the eagle. Many have gone
before you. Many will follow. May this coin forever remind you that,
together, you are a new generation of eagles -- men who must walk in
tune with the Scout law you have learned and, committed, whatever the
cost, to see these principles reign in the hearts and homes, and the
institutions of our land.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City