Skip to comments.Photo of eagle on Fort Snelling gravestone touches hearts, goes viral
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 Eagles 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,
Theyve 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.
Thank you, it’s a very beautiful poem I am not ashamed to say it brought tears to my eyes.
Thanks for posting. Beautiful and sad.
Here's another touching Memorial Day photo. You can find some background information on it here.
very moving poem, well done.
check spelling in first couple stanzas... quite = quiet
wee w = where
thanks for sharing
(sorry, it’s the editor in me. spellcheck doesn’t catch the wrong word.)
or my typos...
that photo alone would put the fear of God into the enemies of freedom if it were possible.
Thanks! With a misty eyed bump!
May I re post this? Possibly on FB?
Now... that photo is heartbreaking. :(
Wow...the poem is...
words fail me
Great post. Emailed it to all my friends. Enjoy the day and please reflect upon my tagline.
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”?
Somebody please tell me that there is a photoshopped version of Obama killing the eagle for that tribe that got an EPA permit
Beautiful! Tears are running down my cheeks. I am posting this on my facebook wall. Thank you.
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 !
Your poem is excellent, and in perfect keeping with the picture of the eagle protecting the graves of our heroes.
Thank you for the photo. I will visit Ft. Snelling this morning with my father (a WWII vet) and remember your post.
Kartographer, thank you.
Breathes there the man with soul so dead
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native land!
Whose heart hath neer 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.
Sir Walter Scott
You have touched our hearts.
Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing.
Picture & poem beautiful. Very moving. Thank you.
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.
(BTW, "quite" should be "quiet"...)
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.
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.
Urban legend perpetuated by the ignorant.
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”
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"
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.
I thought I was left speechless by the photo - then I read your beautifully moving poem..............
Excellent poem, very fitting.
You need to watch FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS.
I’ve seen the photo before, but your poem completes it....well done FRiend...well done.
Very beautiful and fitting.
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.
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Thanks, well done.
I saw this last year and I’m glad you posted it again with the poem. Thanks again.