A bald eagle made a surprise appearance at a 9/11 remembrance ceremony in Minnesota on Tuesday, perching itself atop a fire engine’s aerial ladder in what the local fire chief called a “phenomenal” moment.
The Star-Tribune reports that a bald eagle, the United States’s national bird, appeared at a 9/11 memorial ceremony in Coon Rapids, where firefighters were paying tribute to lives lost in the September 11 terrorist attack 17 years ago.
Andover Fire Chief Jerry Streich recorded a video of the eagle’s visit to the memorial ceremony, and it has since gone viral on social media.
“Look what landed on top of the aerial on 9/11,” Chief Streich said in the video post on the department’s Facebook page. “Isn’t that unbelievable? … This eagle just landed on the aerial while we’re doing the 9/11 memorial. Phenomenal.”
In an update to the Facebook post, the Andover Fire Department said that the video has reached over 5 million views as of Wednesday morning.
The eagle reportedly stayed perched on the fire truck for about 45 seconds before flying away.