Saturday, December 5, 2009

In memoriam for our WWII military men who fought courageously for our freedoms ... & our military men that continue this valiant effort for us ... be it not in vain.

May she continue to fly freely ...... (Our flag pole in the front yard in our snow storm today). I thought you might like to read about this gorgeous eagle, our national bird, that represents our country.

Trained Free-Flying Eagle

About "Challenger"
Challenger is a non-releasable Bald Eagle cared for by the non-profit American Eagle Foundation. Since 1991, this majestic bird has been a free-flying educational ambassador for his recovering species in the wild. He was blown from his Louisiana nest in a storm at five weeks of age — was rescued and hand-raised by well-meaning people. As a result, he became human-imprinted for life.

Challenger Flies at Texas Ranger Game

Members of the Texas Rangers line up on the first base line during introductions as Challenger, a bald eagle, flies down to his keeper on the mound prior to the Rangers home-opener.

Named in honor of the lost space shuttle crew, Challenger has performed free-flights during the USA's National Anthem at hundreds of events coast to coast — raising substantial public awareness for the Bald Eagle protection cause. He is the first Bald Eagle in American history trained to free-fly into stadiums and arenas during the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. He has helped educate millions of people about the need to protect the USA's National Bird.

Al Cecere and Challenger

AEF President Al Louis Cecere and Challenger, traveling educational
ambassadors for 19 years

Once on the brink of extinction, the Bald Eagle has made a successful come-back to the USA's lands, waterways and skies. In June 2007, our nation's living symbol of freedom was removed from Endangered Species Act protection. Its dramatic recovery is an American success story attained by caring people working together. It will now be up to every United States citizen to keep this precious national treasure flying strong and free for future generations.

The words and music of the "When Challenger Flies" song (the video sound track) were composed and performed by James Rogers, entertainer and songwriter (


  1. Oh I have enjoyed reading this so much! Thank you.

  2. We have a gentleman in the Richmond area (WWII Vet.) that is having trouble with his home owners association b/c he has a flagpole and American flag in his yard.

    What has this world come to when we do not want someone to fly an American flag, especially a Veteran! Please pray for this man. It has been all over the media. I have not heard and update, today.


  3. Marydon,

    What a wonderful tribute post. I loved the flag in the snow picture it looks so graceful flying.

    I hope your having a great weekend.



  4. Hello Marydon, how beautiful! The eagle is gorgeous... we have so many beautiful Bald Eagles that migrate here to Utah to the Farmington Bay Bird Refuge for the winter... they are here from now until almost March... they are such a spectacular sight to see...Your flag looks beautiful in your yard... I do hope Andrea who commented above can help the man in Richmond with his American flag... my heart goes out to him... how proud of him I am, a WWII Vet... I will pray that his flag proudly waves... xoxo Julie Marie

  5. The flag is stunning with the snow fall. You took a beautiful picture.

    I think eagles are the most beautiful bird. I can see why they are a symbol of our country. This is such a lovely story about Challenger. I got goosebumps seeing the picture of him flying. I bet everyone else did too that was at the game.
    Hugs, Sue

  6. What a Majestic looking bird, beautiful.

  7. How powerful and strong the eagle is. Truly a symbol of the power and strength of our brave military past, present and hopefully future! I've seen the bird fly on TV before but never seen this background story before - thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Thank you so much for remember our WWII soldiers and for honoring those who serve today.
    The story about Challenger, the bald eagle is astounding. I didn't know this, so thank you for the education.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  9. Wonderful post! We are so fortunate to have an eagle take up residence on our lake. It is so special each time I get to see him.

  10. Love the song, You Raise Me Up. Thanks for sharing.... Linda

  11. Hi marydon.
    What a wonderful post, and tribute. I so enjoyed reading about Challenger, such a majestic bird. Thank you for sharing, may we never forget the ultimate price that was and is being paid for our freedom. You are one special Lady!

  12. Loved reading about Challenger. I live near Dollywood, home of Eagle Mountain Sanctuary, a 30,000 sq ft aviary where you can see them up close and personal, in their natural habitat.

  13. Oh The Flag flying in the midst of the snow, what a powerful photo. Beautiful post.