Eaglets take first flight in honor of fallen soldier

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Tenn (WVLT)-- The American Eagle Foundation releases two eaglets into the wild to celebrate American Eagle Day and the life of a fallen soldier.

Al Cecere, of the American Eagle Foundation said "The soldier's name is Lee Turner. He enlisted out of high school and served his term in the army. Then 20 years later he decided he would jump back in at age 42 and go over to Afghanistan."

He died in 2008 in Afghanistan and was laid to rest in his hometown in Kentucky. His wife Leah and the family gathered and watched the eaglet take flight.

"It's kind of close to the anniversary of when he passed. I'm kind of excited and sad at the same time but I'm honored." said Leah.

This year the American Eagle Foundation has released 7 eaglets into the wild from Douglas Lake. Since 1980, the beginning of the foundation, 337 eaglets have been released in Tennessee.


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