‘Unbelievable’: Bald eagle lands on fire truck during 9/11 tribute

‘Unbelievable’: Bald eagle lands on fire truck during 9/11 tribute
Many Facebook users expressed their belief the event was “a sign from above honoring those who gave all for others.” (Source: Andover Fire Department/Facebook/CNN)

COON RAPIDS, MN (CNN/RNN) - As Minnesota fire crews gathered to honor and remember the victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, a majestic American symbol, the bald eagle, swooped in to join the ceremony.

The eagle's surprise landing while firefighters held their annual 9/11 remembrance on a highway overpass was captured Tuesday morning on Facebook Live video by Andover Fire Chief Jerry Streich.

“Isn’t that unbelievable?” said Streich in the video. “This eagle just landed on the aerial while we’re doing the 9/11 memorial – phenomenal.”

RAW: Bald eagle lands on fire truck during 9/11 tribute

The video attracted attention from millions of Facebook users.

Many expressed their belief the event was "a sign from above honoring those who gave all for others," as written in one comment.

Remembering our fallen on this tragic day 17 years ago. An eagle landed on one of the aerials after we set it up.

Posted by Coon Rapids MN Fire Department on Tuesday, September 11, 2018

“We couldn’t have asked for anything more patriotic,” Streich told Minnesota’s Star Tribune.

The eagle flew away after surveying the scene for about 45 seconds.

For the event, firefighters from the Andover department as well as those from the Coon Rapids Fire Department and Ramsey Fire Department set up various vehicles and posted American flags on the overpass, the Star Tribune reports.

“We will never forget,” read a banner draped over the railing.

The firefighters, along with military veterans, spent time waving to motorists passing below the overpass.

“We are blessed at Andover to have so many friends and supporters. I hope you all continue to cherish the amazing patriotism we have in this country and in our community,” the department wrote on Facebook.

An eagle landing on the Aerial truck during our 9/11 display! Media: Please feel free to use and share. The video was captured by Fire Chief Jerry Streich, Andover Fire Department #ATeam Contact at 763.767.5192 **This was a Facebook Live video. ** At 7:45 AM there were over 5.6 Million views. Thanks for sharing! What could be more symbolic for this day? AND on a fire truck.

Posted by Andover Fire Department, MN on Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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