Photo of bald eagle atop veteran's gravestone goes viral

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Photograph Of Bald Eagle On Veteran's Gravestone Goes Viral

A remarkable photograph of an American bald eagle perched atop of a veteran's gravestone went viral on Memorial Day, and reminded the nation the true reason for the national holiday.
Sunday evening, the Department of Veterans Affairs tweeted an image of our national bird sitting on a Fort Snelling National Cemetery gravestone. Suddenly, the image was all over Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

The picture was taken by amateur photographer Frank Glick in the spring of 2011. According to the Star Tribune, the Minnesota resident was driving to work early one morning and spotted the eagle, so he took out his aging Nikon camera and snapped a series of pictures. After the Star Tribune published the photograph, it all started.

Calls from all over the country started pouring in with questions and requests to use the image of the eagle, Glick received "thank you" letters, a poem, even a song inspired by the image. However, there were also some critics who doubted the photo's authenticity and claimed the image was photoshopped.

"Initially when we found out people questioned it, I was really shocked," Glick told HuffPost Live via email.

Employees at Fort Snelling National Cemetery say they see bald eagles all the time.

Related: 2015 Memorial Day observations around the country

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Photo of bald eagle atop veteran's gravestone goes viral
US President Barack Obama (R), Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (C) and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey (L) attend Memorial Day ceremonies on May 25, 2015 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns during Memorial Day ceremonies on May 25, 2015 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 25: A member of the honor guard stands as the motorcade carrying U.S. President Barack Obama arrives for a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery May 25, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. Obama, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey and U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter honored fallen soldiers at Arlington on this Memorial Day. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 25: People visit loved ones who have died serving in the armed forces at Section 60 on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery on May 25, 2015 in Arlington, Va. U.S. President Barack Obama, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey and U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter honored fallen soldiers during a ceremony at Arlington on this Memorial Day. (Photo by Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 25: Angela Spraul and her daughter Ava, 4, sit at the grave of her husband John Spraul, U.S. Navy, who died Feb. 28, 2013, at Section 60 on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery on May 25, 2015 in Arlington, Va. U.S. President Barack Obama, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey and U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter honored fallen soldiers during a ceremony at Arlington on this Memorial Day. (Photo by Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 25: Katie Palmer, from New Born, North Carolina sits at the grave of her father, James Palmer, Marine Corps, who died May 12, 2011, at Section 60 on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery on May 25, 2015 in Arlington, Va. U.S. President Barack Obama, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey and U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter honored fallen soldiers during a ceremony at Arlington on this Memorial Day. (Photo by Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 25: A mother and daughter stand in Section 60 on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery on May 25, 2015 in Arlington, Va. U.S. President Barack Obama, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey and U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter honored fallen soldiers during a ceremony at Arlington on this Memorial Day. (Photo by Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images)
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