A wild bald eagle, the national symbol of the United States, landed on the ladder of a fire truck in Minnesota that was taking part in a commemoration of the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
The incident was captured in a video on Sept. 11 by fire chief Jerry Streich that quickly went viral, garnering over a million views.
Streich can be heard repeatedly exclaiming that what he is seeing is “unbelievable.”
“There’s no better symbol to represent America today than a flag but then for an eagle to land on a fire truck holding a flag, I mean, it doesn’t get much more symbolic than that,” Streich said, according to KARE-TV.
The bird can be seen perched on top of a fire truck’s extended ladder, then flying off.
The truck was parked alongside another fire truck, with an American flag suspended between their ladders as members of the fire department gathered to pay tribute to the 3,000 people who died in the 9/11 attacks.
‘We Will Never Forget’
Several firefighters had set up vehicles on an overpass and draped a banner over the railing that read, “We will never forget.”
On Sept. 11 there were many tributes held across the country to remember the terrible events of 9/11.
President Donald Trump and the first lady were in Pennsylvania to observe the anniversary, while at the Pentagon a group including Pentagon employees, service members, Prince Charles, members of Congress and the Cabinet, and friends and family of those who died that day gathered underneath a flag.
Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul Selva spoke of the ideals of freedom and liberty that were the target of the al-Qaeda terrorists who hijacked four planes that day.
“They volunteered during a time of war to defend our country because they believe in what we stand for as a nation,” he said. “We will ensure that future generations of Americans enjoy the same freedoms and liberties.”