A bald eagle — the emblem of the United States of America because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks — pauses to watch over sacred ground at Ground Zero in New York City, the former site of the World Trade Center's Twin Towers.
The regal eagle, which is cared for by the non-profit American Eagle Foundation of Tennessee, was invited to appear at the first New York Yankees home game after 9/11, and every game at Yankee Stadium thereafter through the 2001 World Series. His job was to perform a ceremonial free-flight during the national anthem 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 visit the ruins of the World Trade Center 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 attacks.
📷: Dan Lane Williams