God Bless America:
The Eagle became the National emblem in 1782 when the Great Seal of the United States was adopted. The Great Seal shows a wide-spread eagle, faced front, having on his breast a shield with thirteen perpendicular red and white stripes, surmounted by a blue field with the same number of stars. In his right talon the eagle holds an olive branch, in his left a bundle of thirteen arrows, and in his beak he carries a scroll inscribed with the motto: "E Pluribus Unum."
The Eagle appears in the seals of many of our states, on most of our gold and silver coinage, and is used a great deal for decorative patriotic purposes. The artist was inspired to create this piece to continue showing his pride in this country and the hope that it continues to prosper.