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'The eagle couldn't have picked a better person' (Tissue Alert)
StarTribune.com ^ | 6/28/11 | Jon Tevlin

Posted on 06/28/2011 3:31:52 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo

It was a crow that first caught Frank Glick's attention. It was flying around erratically, so Glick got out his Nikon camera and followed it. It was around 6 a.m. on a hazy spring day and he was driving through Fort Snelling National Cemetery because he was early for a training meeting at Delta Airlines, where he works.

Glick is an amateur photographer, but he always carries his camera, just in case. So he followed the crow, in some cultures a symbol of good luck and magic, until he saw it: a huge eagle perched on a tombstone, its eyes alert, its head craned, looking for prey. In the foreground, dew glistened on the grass.

Glick got his shot.

He didn't think too much about the photo, until he showed it to a co-worker, Tom Ryan, who e-mailed it to his brother, Paul.

Paul wondered whether a relative of the soldier might want a copy. The tail of the eagle partially covered the man's name, but Paul did some research and looked up the soldier's name in newspaper obituaries. The eagle had landed on the grave of Sgt. Maurice Ruch, who had been a member of the St. Anthony Kiwanis Club, the obituary said.

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History; Local News; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: eagle; fortsnelling; mauriceruch; ww2
Tevlin usually writes bleeding-heart columns and I rarely read his stuff. But this piece is worth the read, all the way to the end...
1 posted on 06/28/2011 3:31:56 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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2 posted on 06/28/2011 3:32:43 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic.com. Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo; STARWISE; maggief; onyx; hoosiermama; SE Mom; Nachum; Liz; thouworm; Hoodat

Great post!

PING!!


3 posted on 06/28/2011 3:37:22 PM PDT by penelopesire (Let The Congressional Hearings Begin!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

That is very cool.


4 posted on 06/28/2011 3:37:22 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo; SLB; hiredhand; Jeff Head

A photo to ponder....

Thanks for sharing that with us.


5 posted on 06/28/2011 3:37:22 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: penelopesire; Jonty30; Squantos

Something is wrong with my monitor...it’s all blurry...


6 posted on 06/28/2011 3:39:33 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic.com. Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Mine too.

I think that eagle was there for all of our fallen heros. What a symbolic pic! One for the ages imho.


7 posted on 06/28/2011 3:41:15 PM PDT by penelopesire (Let The Congressional Hearings Begin!)
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To: penelopesire

Frank Glick may win some awards with that snap.


8 posted on 06/28/2011 3:42:43 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic.com. Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

bttt


9 posted on 06/28/2011 3:44:56 PM PDT by advertising guy (everytime I see Huma's face I remember I forgot carrots at the store)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Beautiful!


10 posted on 06/28/2011 3:50:29 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo; Kathy in Alaska

Just wow — just wow.

Kathy, think this might be a nice opening pic for the Canteen someday soon? And the story, of course...


11 posted on 06/28/2011 3:50:40 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
A real keeper....beautiful.
12 posted on 06/28/2011 3:52:52 PM PDT by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

bump


13 posted on 06/28/2011 3:59:39 PM PDT by 230FMJ (...from my cold, dead, fingers.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

What an absolutely fantastic picture! Please, please let me not find that it was PhotoShopped.Sorry, it is the times we live in.


14 posted on 06/28/2011 4:05:10 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: Cyman

I believe that the story checks out...


15 posted on 06/28/2011 4:06:13 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic.com. Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I have taken a lot of eagle pictures, but nothing with the power of this one.


16 posted on 06/28/2011 4:07:18 PM PDT by CMailBag
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

My Dad, Uncle, and Grandparents are buried at Arlington ...

I usually go to visit early in the AM or at dusk ...

One time, I was there early - at my grandparents grave. Fog was rolling down the street, with the early morning sun just beginning to clear the Pentagon in the east ...

I heard an ominous clop, clop, clop from the direction of the fog. When I turned, the horse-drawn caisson began to slowly appear from the fog - silouetted with the rays of the sun from behind ...

First burial of the day - it was very humbling ...


17 posted on 06/28/2011 4:07:56 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Hate to say this, but it looks photoshopped to me.


18 posted on 06/28/2011 4:11:54 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Though I may not agree with most everything Jon Tevlin writes, I do know that he does his research very well...


19 posted on 06/28/2011 4:13:33 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic.com. Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Agree...

Just downloaded that to a thumbdrive to take to work an make a larger photo print to frame.

Thanks....


20 posted on 06/28/2011 4:33:05 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

A very haunting photo. Tombstones that seem to stretch out to eternity in the mists with the eagle on the tombstone near the front.


21 posted on 06/28/2011 4:52:44 PM PDT by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Agree.


22 posted on 06/28/2011 4:55:25 PM PDT by panaxanax (0bama >>WORST PRESIDENT EVER.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Why is my screen all blurry all of a sudden?


23 posted on 06/28/2011 5:12:02 PM PDT by Dinah Lord
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To: Dinah Lord

It’s been happening to a lot of folks on this thread..


24 posted on 06/28/2011 5:45:03 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic.com. Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Did you see this one, Jim?

Awesome...


25 posted on 06/28/2011 5:46:41 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic.com. Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

That is truly a big bird.

Magnificent picture.


26 posted on 06/28/2011 5:49:38 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Liberals who graduate from Ivy League schools are the dumbest people on the planet.)
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27 posted on 06/28/2011 5:51:44 PM PDT by Vigilantcitizen (I got a fever and the only prescription is more watermelon trickworm, better known as bass crack.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Magnificent photo. Just magnificent.


28 posted on 06/28/2011 7:14:18 PM PDT by simplesimon (Thomas Paine is weeping. Common sense is gone.)
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To: SLB

Thought you’d like this.


29 posted on 06/28/2011 7:20:17 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Democrats: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.")
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To: penelopesire

Wow..


30 posted on 06/29/2011 5:14:04 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

BOOKbump


31 posted on 06/29/2011 11:47:15 AM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (That Kenyan bastard is not my president. ENFORCE the Bill of Rights.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Now THIS would be the cover on LIFE.


32 posted on 08/12/2011 12:44:50 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

There’s an update to the story that ran this week.....

“Photo of eagle on Fort Snelling gravestone touches hearts, goes viral”

http://www.startribune.com/local/127347018.html


33 posted on 08/13/2011 10:51:36 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic.com. Now, More Than Ever.)
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