(National Sentinel)Â America First:Â City Minnesota city ofÂ 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,Â 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,Â according to theÂ Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
A bald eagle.
â€œThereâ€™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 doesnâ€™t get much more symbolic than that,â€Â Andover Fire DepartmentÂ Fire Chief Jerry Streich said, KARE-TV reports.
The eagle spent about a minute perched atop the flag-laden ladder truck.
â€œLook what landed on top of the aerial on 9/11,â€ Streich said in a video clip that recorded the moment. â€œIsnâ€™t that unbelievable? This eagle just landed on the aerial while weâ€™re doing the 9/11 memorial. Phenomenal.â€
The video, which has been viewed more than a million times, was originally posted on Facebook.
â€œWe couldnâ€™t have asked for anything more patriotic,â€ Streich said.
Watch, per the Andover Fire Department:
An eagle landing on the Aerial truck during our 9/11 display! Media: Please feel free to share (Not edit) this video. The video was captured by Fire Chief Jerry Streich, Andover Fire Department #ATeam and has gone viral with millions of views on CNN, ABC, NBC, and many more. It has also been placed on the Ellen D list. Share for others to see. To reach Chief J.Streich, contact at 763.767.5192
Posted by Andover Fire Department, MN on Tuesday, September 11, 2018