(KGTV) — As a Minnesota fire department marked one of the most tragic days in American history, the sight of an eagle made the 17th-anniversary tribute that much more memorable.
As Andover Fire Department paid tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11 an eagle stopped to rest on top of one of their fire engines on Highway 10 in Coon Rapids, Minn.
The sight of the eagle above an American flag flowing in the breeze created an awe-inspiring moment.
"Look what landed on top of the aerial on 9/11. Isn't that unbelievable?" Andover Fire Department Chief Jerry Streich said while capturing the sight on Facebook. "An eagle just landed on the aerial while we're doing a 9-11 memorial. Phenomenal."
The fire department's video has been viewed nearly one million times and shared more than 50,000 times.
The unscripted appearance by the national symbol occurred after firefighters set up department vehicles on the overpass and draped a banner over the railing reading, "We will never forget," according to the Star Tribune.