Bald Eagle Challenger Visits One World Trade Center & National Sept. 11 Memorial
(Pigeon Forge, TN) The famous educational ambassador Bald Eagle ‘Challenger’ revisited Ground Zero in NYC during 2015.
This regal eagle, cared for by the non-profit American Eagle Foundation (WWW.EAGLES.ORG) of Tennessee, had last visited that sacred location two weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks when he was invited by George Steinbrenner to appear at the first NY Yankees home game after the historic Twin Trade towers tragedy—and every game at Yankee Stadium thereafter through the 2001 World Series (Yankees vs Diamondbacks). His job was to perform a ceremonial free-flight during The Star Spangled Banner to honor the fallen heroes of 9/11 and help raise the spirits of all affected Americans.
Back then, this symbolic bird and his handlers also made a special effort to actually visit Ground Zero with a police escort, as well as numerous rescue centers and fire and police stations in Manhattan to help inspire and comfort all those who were physically and emotionally affected by the tragedy. The celebrity eagle was even issued his own FEMA Photo ID card.
About the American Eagle Foundation
The American Eagle Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to care for, restore and protect the USA’ s living symbol of freedom, the Bald Eagle, and other birds of prey. The AEF is celebrating its 30th year of carrying out its mission through Education, Repopulation , Conservation, & Rehabilitation. It is headquartered at the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, TN. Learn more at www.eagles.org
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Photo: © 2015 American Eagle Foundation, All Rights Reserved. Photographer: Dan Lane Williams