I think it was. A poignant image of a bald eagle perched atop a US soldier's gravestone has become an internet hit after it was posted online on Memorial weekend. The giant bird of prey, America's national emblem, was photographed after flying down and landing in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minnesota. The powerful image was tweeted by the Department of Veterans Affairs on Sunday as the nation paid tribute to men and women killed at war. It immediately captured people's attention online as Americans remembered those who had served in conflicts such as World War Two as well as the more recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bird, which perched on the gravestone of soldier Maurice Ruch, was captured on camera by Frank Glick and his companion Jo Edwards-Johns, according to Fox News. Speaking on 'The Real Story', Glick revealed that Mr Ruch's widow had been extremely moved by the picture, which was taken at dawn one morning several years ago. He said Mr Ruch and his wife used to photograph eagles themselves and had not expected his own photo to touch so many people's lives. The picture emerged on Sunday a day before President Barack Obama led tributes to Americans who died in battle. Speaking at Arlington National Cemetery, Obama said the country must 'never stop trying to fully repay them' for their sacrifices and noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 years without U.S. forces engaged in a major ground war.