Eagle Lands On Top Of 9/11 Tribute On 17th Anniversary Of The Attacks

A bald eagle joined in with the remembrance tributes for the 9/11 terror attacks yesterday when it landed on a fire truck in Minnesota during a display by the fire service.

The MailOnline reported that the fire department were using two ladder trucks to display the American flag over the highway when the eagle landed on Tuesday morning.

The bald eagle is both the national bird and national animal of the US which made the incident all the more incredible.

Credit: Facebook/Andover Fire Department, MN
Credit: Facebook/Andover Fire Department, MN

The animal perched on the aerial bucket and watched as firefighters draped a banner over the highway which read: "We will never forget".

In the footage, which was filmed by Fire Chief Jerry Streich, he can be heard saying: "Look what landed on top of the aerial on 9/11 - isn't that unbelievable? This eagle just landed on the aerial while we're doing the 9/11 memorial. Phenomenal.

"We're all set up here so nobody forgets," and just like that, the bird took off.

Up to the point of writing this, the Facebook post has had 21,000 comments, 2.3 million views and 110,000 shares.

Yesterday marked the 17th anniversary of the 11 September 2001 attacks, where two aeroplanes were hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Centre towers in Manhattan, New York.

Two further planes were hijacked, with one crashing into the Pentagon building, and another failing to reach its target, thanks to the efforts of the brave people on board.

Around 3,000 people were killed - many instantly. The number of those injured was even greater, and the two towers went on to collapse in a terrifying ball of fire, dust, and metal.

The attacks on 9/11 led to the deaths of 343 firefighters, 60 police officers, and eight medics. Since then, hundreds more have died of illnesses picked up during the rescue operation and the clean-up.

Even for those who survived, the trauma and mental anguish can't be undone.

What the Andover Fire Department were doing yesterday was just one of a number of tributes across America.

According to the MailOnline, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, at the crash site of Flight 93, President Donald Trump saluted the hero passengers and crew who stormed the cockpit, forcing the hijackers to down the plane before they could reach their target in Washington DC.

Credit: Facebook/Andover Fire Department
Credit: Facebook/Andover Fire Department

At the Pentagon in northern Virginia, Vice President Mike Pence recalled the heroism of service members and civilians who repeatedly went back into the Pentagon to rescue survivors.

But the largest ceremony of them all took place in lower Manhattan at the site of Ground Zero, where the World Trade Center towers once stood.

Thousands gathered there with moments of silences at 8:46am and 9:03am - which was a representation of the two separate planes hitting the Twin Towers.

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Andover Fire Department, MN

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd is a Journalist at LADbible. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class BA in Journalism. Becky previously worked as Chief Reporter at Cavendish Press, supplying news and feature stories to national newspapers and women's magazines.

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