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Photo of eagle on Fort Snelling gravestone touches hearts, goes viral
Star Tribune ^ | August 10, 2011 | JON TEVLIN

Posted on 05/28/2012 5:01:36 AM PDT by Kartographer

This is a repost of a story from last year:

And so it is with my June column on the amateur photographer, the widow and the eagle on a gravestone.

A quick recap: 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.

Nice shot, he thought.

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And this is the poem I wrote to go with that picture. I hope you enjoy it.

The Eagle’s Watch

In a quite river valley,
Lies a green and peaceful place,
Were warriors come to rest,
Having honorably met their fates.

No more do they stand the watch
Their worthy service done,
They’ve passed their duties on
To other Fathers' sons.

Yet flying high above them,
On silent wings spread wide,
Soars freedom's embodiment
And a country's sign of pride.

The mighty Eagle watches o'er all
And guards their well-earned rests.
For he like they, knows the feel
Of Freedom in his chest.

And though he does his best to guard
The fallen warriors' sleep.
Still at times he grows so weary
And must rest his wings a-beat.

So slowly he glides his way
To where the fallen rest,
And there he bides his time a bit
Among the honored Vets.

And though he knows no words
Of the valiant warriors' speech,
Still they communicate
In a way that words can't reach.

Having communed with those who lie
Among the rows of stone,
The Eagle takes to flight again
And resumes his post alone.

In endless soaring circles,
He surely makes his rounds,
Guarding the fallen heroes
Who make this hollowed ground.

1 posted on 05/28/2012 5:01:49 AM PDT by Kartographer
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To: Kartographer

Thank you, it’s a very beautiful poem I am not ashamed to say it brought tears to my eyes.


2 posted on 05/28/2012 5:04:44 AM PDT by galloway15
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To: Kartographer

Thanks for posting. Beautiful and sad.


3 posted on 05/28/2012 5:06:19 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Kartographer

Here's another touching Memorial Day photo. You can find some background information on it here.

4 posted on 05/28/2012 5:09:41 AM PDT by Zakeet (Obama loves to wok dogs)
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To: Kartographer

very moving poem, well done.

check spelling in first couple stanzas... quite = quiet
wee w = where

thanks for sharing

t

(sorry, it’s the editor in me. spellcheck doesn’t catch the wrong word.)


5 posted on 05/28/2012 5:15:15 AM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: teeman8r

or my typos...

oops...


6 posted on 05/28/2012 5:17:54 AM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: Kartographer
awesome!

just awesome.

that photo alone would put the fear of God into the enemies of freedom if it were possible.

7 posted on 05/28/2012 5:18:07 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: sauropod

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8 posted on 05/28/2012 5:25:23 AM PDT by sauropod (You can elect your very own tyranny - Mark Levin)
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To: Kartographer

Thanks! With a misty eyed bump!

May I re post this? Possibly on FB?


9 posted on 05/28/2012 5:28:29 AM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes mandatory.” Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Zakeet

Now... that photo is heartbreaking. :(


10 posted on 05/28/2012 5:30:00 AM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes mandatory.” Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Kartographer

Wow...the poem is...

words fail me


11 posted on 05/28/2012 5:30:00 AM PDT by Popman (America is squandering its wealth on riotous living, war, and welfare.)
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To: Kartographer

Great post. Emailed it to all my friends. Enjoy the day and please reflect upon my tagline.


12 posted on 05/28/2012 5:30:29 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: Kartographer

Damn dawg.

This was a quality post. I’m gonna facebook the whole deal. Do you need an in-real-life credit? Or do you prefer “Kartographer”?


13 posted on 05/28/2012 5:32:55 AM PDT by Lazamataz (People who resort to Godwin's Law are just like Hitler.)
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To: Kartographer

Somebody please tell me that there is a photoshopped version of Obama killing the eagle for that tribe that got an EPA permit


14 posted on 05/28/2012 5:34:21 AM PDT by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh (I cling to guns and religion.)
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To: Kartographer

Beautiful! Tears are running down my cheeks. I am posting this on my facebook wall. Thank you.


15 posted on 05/28/2012 5:39:45 AM PDT by jhroberts
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To: Kartographer
I am SO humbled.

I just took a break from doing research about "America the Beautiful" (I highly recommend you do some looking .. I didn't save any links, just read a lot .. )

and then I refreshed FR and THIS was there.

I'm making a pain in the ass of myself to my mail list.

I say; Go Viral !

16 posted on 05/28/2012 5:47:30 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Kartographer

Your poem is excellent, and in perfect keeping with the picture of the eagle protecting the graves of our heroes.


17 posted on 05/28/2012 5:48:22 AM PDT by kitkat (Obama, ROPE and CHAINS.)
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To: Kartographer

Thank you for the photo. I will visit Ft. Snelling this morning with my father (a WWII vet) and remember your post.


18 posted on 05/28/2012 5:51:24 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: Kartographer

Kartographer, thank you.


19 posted on 05/28/2012 6:01:34 AM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: Kartographer

Breathes there the man with soul so dead
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native land!
Whose heart hath ne’er within him burned,
As home his footsteps he hath turned
From wandering on a foreign strand!
If such there breathe, go, mark him well;
For him no minstrel raptures swell;
High though his titles, proud his name,
Boundless his wealth as wish can claim
Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonored, and unsung.


20 posted on 05/28/2012 6:03:38 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

Sir Walter Scott


21 posted on 05/28/2012 6:04:40 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Kartographer
Beautiful, Kartographer.

You have touched our hearts.

Leni

22 posted on 05/28/2012 6:18:40 AM PDT by MinuteGal (OMG !!!.....Obama Must Go !!!)
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To: Kartographer

Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing.


23 posted on 05/28/2012 6:27:01 AM PDT by Library Lady
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To: Kartographer
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dave Grossman speaks on being a Warrior
24 posted on 05/28/2012 6:29:15 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Kartographer

Thank you!


25 posted on 05/28/2012 6:33:11 AM PDT by Okieshooter
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To: Kartographer

Picture & poem beautiful. Very moving. Thank you.


26 posted on 05/28/2012 6:43:06 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: Zakeet


Air Force Major Terry Dutcher, of Hill Air Force Base, Utah, visits the grave of her son, Army Corporal Michael Avery Pursel, who died serving in Iraq in 2007 at age 19. Photo taken at Arlington on May 24, 2012.


27 posted on 05/28/2012 6:45:32 AM PDT by DoctorBulldog (Hey, Libtards, how's the Moral Imperative to close Gitmo working out for ya'?)
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To: Kartographer

This photo is as much an iconic tribute to our nation’s military as the famous shot of the flag raising at Iwo Jima. Both of these photos were just taken on the fly, but capture the spirit of valor and sacrifice of our military.


28 posted on 05/28/2012 6:52:05 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: Kartographer
Beautiful! I plan to read it at today's Memorial Day service at out town's Veterans' memorial! (With credit to "Fellow FReeper, "Kartographer"...)

(BTW, "quite" should be "quiet"...)

29 posted on 05/28/2012 6:58:48 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Indeed!


30 posted on 05/28/2012 7:00:14 AM PDT by mcshot (God bless the USA! OMG PLEASE vote ABO or OWW and our Country dies.)
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To: The Great RJ

Not to rain on any memory of all our brave fallen patriots. Even though the photo of flag at Iwo was not taken on the fly, rather was a re-enactment staged for photo, it remains one of the greatest icons of our never ending fight for freedom.


31 posted on 05/28/2012 7:15:38 AM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: Zakeet

bttt


32 posted on 05/28/2012 7:16:14 AM PDT by bmwcyle (I am ready to serve Jesus on Earth because the GOP failed again)
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To: Kartographer
Awesome poem, awesome photo, even if it was photo-shopped.

I am not saying that it is, just that it looks like it is. Even if it is, it is still a great photo, because it is something possible.

Top third of the bird is divided by a straight line following a line along the top of a row of tombstones. More obvious if you blow it up. It's like the Eagle was place on top of the cemetery photo.

33 posted on 05/28/2012 7:25:19 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: X-spurt
Even though the photo of flag at Iwo was not taken on the fly, rather was a re-enactment staged for photo,

Urban legend perpetuated by the ignorant.

34 posted on 05/28/2012 7:29:26 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Kartographer

Great poem!


35 posted on 05/28/2012 7:30:50 AM PDT by Twinkie (John 3:16)
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To: faucetman

Less likely photo-shopped if below is true.

“Glick took the photo with an older Nikon camera and a multi-purpose lens. He took more than 60 shots of the bird at the cemetery, from different angles and locations. Some are sharp, some are blurry. Some are not very well composed”


36 posted on 05/28/2012 7:35:16 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: faucetman

NOT PHOTO-SHOPPED!

Cheers


37 posted on 05/28/2012 7:38:02 AM PDT by DoctorBulldog (Hey, Libtards, how's the Moral Imperative to close Gitmo working out for ya'?)
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To: faucetman
After reading your post I can't help, but think of this quote from Star Trek DS9:

"The only real question is whether you believe in the legend of Davey Crockett or not. If you do, then there should be no doubt in your mind that he died a hero's death. If you do not believe in the legend, then he was just a man, and it does not matter how he died."

To me the the same applies here. If you truly believe in what the picture represents why would doubt enter your mind? And if you don't believe does it real matter how the picture was taken?
38 posted on 05/28/2012 7:40:48 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer
Very touching and brought a lump to my throat.

That said, if our Fascist, Neo-Commie, Hate-America, Dear Leader gets reelected, in 4 years, this magnificent symbol of all we stand for, will end up being replaced by this "bird" as it awaits our "demise"

TurkeyBuzzardUofSFla

39 posted on 05/28/2012 7:50:06 AM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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I hope this is published. If not, put it on cards along with this picture and sell them. Give the proceeds to vet charities. I’d buy one.


40 posted on 05/28/2012 7:56:10 AM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." Peter Griffin - FAMILY GUY)
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To: Kartographer

I thought I was left speechless by the photo - then I read your beautifully moving poem..............


41 posted on 05/28/2012 8:03:26 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Kartographer

Excellent poem, very fitting.


42 posted on 05/28/2012 8:03:48 AM PDT by voicereason (The RNC is the "One-night stand" you wish you could forget.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

You need to watch FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS.


43 posted on 05/28/2012 8:06:33 AM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." Peter Griffin - FAMILY GUY)
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To: Kartographer

I’ve seen the photo before, but your poem completes it....well done FRiend...well done.


44 posted on 05/28/2012 8:06:51 AM PDT by ScreamingFist (Quiet the Idiot)
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To: Kartographer

Oh, wow...


45 posted on 05/28/2012 8:07:44 AM PDT by patton (DateDiff)
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To: Kartographer
Beautiful pic and poem. Thanks. One slight correction: re: the last line "Who make this hollowed hallowed ground."
46 posted on 05/28/2012 8:09:15 AM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: Kartographer
Posted photo and poem on FB.

Very beautiful and fitting.

47 posted on 05/28/2012 8:17:01 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Politics is fake. I think it's owned by Vince Mcmahon)
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To: DoctorBulldog
NOT PHOTO-SHOPPED!

I disagree. It's strange how some of the tombstones have shadows and some don't. There is no shadow of the eagle, but there is of the tombstone. And that tombstone shadow is identical to the shadow of the tombstone two rows closer to the camera.

48 posted on 05/28/2012 8:30:19 AM PDT by aimhigh
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To: Kartographer
Who is guarding whom?

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

49 posted on 05/28/2012 8:34:58 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Kartographer

Thanks, well done.
I saw this last year and I’m glad you posted it again with the poem. Thanks again.


50 posted on 05/28/2012 9:37:20 AM PDT by depenzz (There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by sword. The other is by debt. John Adam)
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