Amateur photographer Frank Glick was on his way to work when he drove through Fort Snelling National Cemetery early one morning. He spotted a bald eagle through the mist, perched on a gravestone, and snapped shots with his aging but ever-present camera. It’s going viral!
Jon Tevlin of the Star Tribune notes that requests for the photo, and use of the story, have come from the Department of Veterans Affairs, military publications, Arlington National Cemetery. Soldiers in Afghanistan have inquired about the photo, including some from the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division, stationed at Bagram Airfield.
An acquaintance saw the photo and suggested that he see if the deceased soldier had any living relatives who might want it. Indeed, Maurice Ruch’s widow was alive and well and delighted to receive a copy of the eagle watching over her beloved husband.
“It’s just got some quality about it,” said Glick. “Sure, I wouldn’t mind getting rich off of it, but that probably isn’t happening. It makes people feel better. It makes them feel warm and fuzzy. That’s what it’s for.”
Here’s the picture:
What a fantastic picture!
This letter, from Atlanta, was typical:
“You have no idea just how much this photo and story mean to so many of us who have served. We do not ask for special treatment; we do not ask for your gratitude; we don’t even ask for your patience when we occasionally ‘geeze’ with old stories. We would like to have some understanding just how much service to this great nation means to each of us. Your picture and story show me that some do understand.”
We want to thank all of the brave men and women who have served and are currently serving our great country.
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