Choosing a bird to represent our war veterans was a bit of a challenge, but after pondering different options I hit upon what I felt was a great choice – the falcon.  Then I did a bit of research (not too much, of course.  Mustn’t over do it), and I felt even better about my wise decision.   For one thing, the falcon is the fastest bird in the world, and is a fierce predator.  I mean, look at that face!

Falcon

But, in addition, the falcon just happens to be the mascot of the Air Force Academy, and I’m sure they didn’t make that choice lightly either.  I found this out AFTER I picked this fine specimen to represent our veterans.  Isn’t that cool?   Well, I suppose I might have had that knowledge stored away somewhere in my brain at one time or another, which could help explain why the falcon made such perfect sense to me.  But if so, I’d forgotten it, so I don’t know if it counts or not.

Falcon Face-off

This particular falcon is 1 and 3/4 inches from beak to tail, and 1 and 1/4 inches tall.  Don’t mess with him!  He’s a veteran of the skies!