Colonel Charles Lindbergh
It was a landmark occasion when the infamous aviator, Charles Lindbergh touched down on the western end of St. Thomas in the Spirit of St. Louis. ~ January 31, 1928.
Cheering fans and hundreds of spectators greeted him when his plane slowed to a stop, becoming the second plane to ever land on the small island.
Below, is a special poem written by Mrs. Elizabeth Peebles Pfaus in honor of Lindbergh’s worldwide accomplishments.
The Flier with the Eagle Eye
O, flier with the eagle eye, we hail thee!
What thou hast done, thy fellow men will emulate,
The air above the gray Atlantic’s tossing waves
Will soon be restless with the thrumming wings of men.
But thou wert first successfully to brave the storm
That rends the peaceful air, and pales the cheeks of men,
Whose eager eyes would pierce the storm clouds darkest depths,
And fain would seek beyond, the path to distant lands.
We hail thee, fearless son of fearless sires,
The men who’re have used their lives,
That all might live more free.
Men, who have given their muscle and their brain,
Unsparingly, with joy,
To broaden and safeguard the lives of other men.
“Twere well thy wings should be the first to bear abroad
From our great land to every nation, large and small,
The message of good-will and peace for the coming years.
Beneath thy level brown, thy spirit shines,
Piercing and unafraid.
And all are lifted and made strong because of thee,
And those great deeds which thou has done.
O, flier with the eagle eye,
We thank thee!