Bald Eagle Lands on Grave at US Military Cemetery



Frank Glick, an amateur photographer, captured this amazing image at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minnesota. He thought that the family of the veteran buried at that gravestone might like to have a copy, and did some research on Sgt. Maurice Ruch.

Ruch, a veteran of World War II, was a US Army marksman who served in the Aleutian Islands and earned a Bronze Star. Then he went home, became an engineer and got married. John Tevlin of the Star Tribute spoke with Ruch's widow, Vivian, and best friend, Jack Kiefner:

I told Vivian that some cultures believe the eagle is a symbol, not only of patriotism and dignity, but a messenger between heaven and earth. She nodded solemnly.

"I'd say the eagle had a very good eye when he landed on Maurie, and he was respected," she said.

"I miss him," said Vivian as she picked up the photo. "He was a good man and a good provider."

"The eagle couldn't have picked a better person," said Kiefner.


Link -via American Digest

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If you compare the shadow of the headstone the eagle is perched on to the headstone in the foreground, they're practically identical...the eagle itself has NO shadow. Photoshopped, but a very patriotic picture for sure!
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I would love to have a framed copy of this photo hanging in my home. Does anyone know where a copy can be obtained?

Perhaps the photo is trying to remind us all of this:

It is foolish & wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.

General George S. Patton Jr.
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I'm not expert in photoshop, but my eye tells me it is. Eagles are very large, but I agree that the pixel halo is definitely off (esp if this guy is using any decent nikon it should be a decent photo clarity, and knowing how to use the basics)and the shadow cast by that particular grave looks a shade lighter than the other shadows and a very crisp outline/ edge on it.
Just go on sites like deviantart to see wonderfully made photoshops, and your magazines.

Perhaps the eagle had flow or swooped by, and it made a great idea for it to have landed. It isn't out of the question that this might have actually happened, and the guy just tried to recreate what he had saw before.
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