It’s being called the perfect Memorial Day photograph and the internet is going crazy for it.
The background for the story is simple enough. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune,
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.
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.
A brief newspaper column quickly turned into an avalanche of attention. The requests for copies of the photo began pouring in – 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.
“I sent a good-sized one to a base in Afghanistan because they wanted to build a memorial to members of their unit who had been killed,” Glick said.
Of course, the internet is the internet and folks quickly began calling the picture a product of photoshop rather than fortuitous timing.
“It’s not Photoshopped,” said Glick. “I did crop it [as did the newspaper]. If I had Photoshopped it, I wouldn’t have the eagle’s tail covering the name.”
After examining the photo, professional photographers see no evidence that the photo is edited.
So, there you have it.
Now can we just go back to appreciating the beauty of the picture?