Getty photographer John Moore was with his family at Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day weekend in 2010 when he passed by Mary McHugh, who was lying face down in front of the grave of her fiancé, Sergeant James "Jimmy" Regan.
In a post on the Getty Images blog, Moore wrote that McHugh spoke to the grave "in broken sentence between sobs, gesturing with her hands, sometimes pausing as if she was trying to explain, with so much left needed to say." Moore said that some people felt his photo was too intimate, and that he too was overwhelmed by the private grief on display in the picture.
"Later on," he wrote, "I passed by and she was lying in the grass sobbing, speaking softly to the stone, this time her face close to the cold marble, as if whispering into Jimmy’s ear."
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