(National Sentinel) America First: City Minnesota city of Coon Rapids has honored the victims and heroes of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks every year since they happened, and this year was no different.
But in one very distinct way, it was very different. And awesome.
As part of the remembrance, city firefighters extended the bucket of a ladder truck skyward to hoist an American flag. And then another powerful symbol of America showed up, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
A bald eagle.
“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,” Andover Fire Department Fire Chief Jerry Streich said, KARE-TV reports.
The eagle spent about a minute perched atop the flag-laden ladder truck.
“Look what landed on top of the aerial on 9/11,” Streich said in a video clip that recorded the moment. “Isn’t that unbelievable? This eagle just landed on the aerial while we’re doing the 9/11 memorial. Phenomenal.”
The video, which has been viewed more than a million times, was originally posted on Facebook.
“We couldn’t have asked for anything more patriotic,” Streich said.
Watch, per the Andover Fire Department: