Eagles, left and right
Thomas Heavey (heavey@NWRAIN.COM)
Sun, 23 Jun 1996 18:05:00 PDT
>>The question was "Which way does the
>>Eagle look on top of the flagpole and why?" I know it looks to its right
>>but I do not know why? Anybody out there know?
>Well, though I am not certain, my memory tells me the Eagle on the flagpole
>and on the Great Seal, faces to the side of the olive branch of peace (in
>the right talon). The other talon holds the arrows of war, and facing that
>way would convey a different message.
>Yours in Scouting,
>Sam Houston Area Council
I may be getting in late on this discussion, but I have been visisting the
"other Washington" (DC).
I believe I heard the answer from a guide at the Museum of American History,
and it basically agrees with
what Lew Orans said. The American Eagle on the Great Seal of the United
states does indeed face right
toward the olive branches. This was put in effect by President Truman.
Prior to that the Eagle faced left,
toward the arrows of war. President Truman felt that the US should be known
as a nation of peace
and he had the Great Seal modified.
The other highlight of my trip to DC was meeting one of the other great
icons of scouting, Mike Bowman,
who speaks only for himself in the spirit of scouting!
Thomas Heavey, Sr.
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because anyone can serve."
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