Bald eagle lands on fire truck during Sept. 11 tribute

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — A bald eagle has visited a Minnesota tribute marking the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The national bird landed Tuesday on top of a firefighters' aerial truck parked on a highway overpass in the northern Minneapolis suburb of Coon Rapids.

Members of the Andover Fire Department were gathered to pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 people who died in the attacks and to the 9/11 emergency responders.

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Guests visit National 9/11 Memorial in front of stage they are listening to the readings of victims' names, during ceremonies marking the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York, U.S., September 11, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11: The annual Tribute in Light marking the 17th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center is illuminated in lower Manhattan next to One World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2018 as seen from Jersey City, New Jersey. In New York City and throughout the United States, the country is remembering the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk with park superintendent Stephen Clark at the Flight 93 National Memorial during the 17th annual September 11 observance at the memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 11, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Retired New York City firefighter Bruce Stanley holds a portrait of his late friend Liam Smith Jr., a New York City firefighter who died in the 9/11 attacks, during a commemoration ceremony for the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks at the National September 11 Memorial, September 11, 2018 in New York City. In New York City and throughout the United States, the country is marking the 17th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11: The annual Tribute in Light marking the 17th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center is illuminated in lower Manhattan next to One World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2018 as seen from the Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial in Jersey City, New Jersey. In New York City and throughout the United States, the country is remembering the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)
SHANKSVILLE, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: An American man looks at the Flight 93 crash site during the 17th anniversary of the crash of Flight 93 and the September 11th terrorist attacks at Flight 93 National Memorial on September 11, 2018 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The nation marks the seventeenth anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, when the terrorist group al-Qaeda flew hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people. (Photo by Liao Pan/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: People observe the 'Tribute in Light' atop the Battery Parking Garage as it rises skyward in Lower Manhattan, September 11, 2018 in New York City. In New York City and throughout the United States, the country is marking the 17th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: A member of the Anaheim Fire Department stands on the field for pre-game ceremonies commemorating the 9/11 terrorist attacks prior to the MLB game at Angel Stadium on September 11, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
DANA POINT, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Jay Bellamy prays with Jennie Weatherholt and others after Bellamy finished a sand sculpture in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks at Baby Beach in Dana Point, CA on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Bellamy spent about 4 hours making the twin towers, the Pentagon and Flight 93. (Photo by Paul Bersebach/Digital First Media/Orange County Register via Getty Images)
A Kosovo Albanian boy lights a candle in front of national theater in Pristina on September 11, 2018 during a commemoration ceremony on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks of the World Trade Center, in New York. (Photo by Armend NIMANI / AFP) (Photo credit should read ARMEND NIMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
SHANKSVILLE, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: A National Park Service officer presents a wreath at the Wall of Names after President Donald Trump delivered a speech at the Flight 93 National Memorial commemorating the 17th Anniversary of the crash of Flight 93 and the September 11th terrorist attacks on September 11, 2018 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The nation is marking the seventeenth anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, when the terrorist group al-Qaeda flew hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
SHANKSVILLE, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: A National Park Service officer presents a wreath at the Wall of Names after President Donald Trump delivered a speech at the Flight 93 National Memorial commemorating the 17th Anniversary of the crash of Flight 93 and the September 11th terrorist attacks on September 11, 2018 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The nation is marking the seventeenth anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, when the terrorist group al-Qaeda flew hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
SHANKSVILLE, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: Visitors stroll through the fields along the path to the Wall of Names after listening to President Donald Trump deliver a speech at the Flight 93 National Memorial commemorating the 17th Anniversary of the crash of Flight 93 and the September 11th terrorist attacks on September 11, 2018 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The nation is marking the seventeenth anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, when the terrorist group al-Qaeda flew hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
DANA POINT, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Jay Bellamy of San Clemente puts American flags around a sand sculpture in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks at Baby Beach in Dana Point, CA on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Bellamy spent about 4 hours making the twin towers, the Pentagon and Flight 93. (Photo by Paul Bersebach/Digital First Media/Orange County Register via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 11: An emotional John Krajovic is hugged by Joni Belfiore inside the Logan Airport 9/11 Memorial in Boston on the 17th anniversary of the Sep. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Sep. 11, 2018. Krajovic was the Massport Project Director for the memorial, and Belfiore is an employee of Massport who worked with the families of victims to get their input on the design. The glass memorial has the names etched of passengers and crew of United Flight 175 and American Airlines Flight 11, both which took off from Logan and crashed into the World Trade Center in New York. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
An American flag hangs inside the Oculus transportation hub at the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan on the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, U.S., September 11, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: One World Trade Center is seen through the open roof of the Oculus following a commemoration ceremony for the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks at the National September 11 Memorial, September 11, 2018 in New York City. In New York City and throughout the United States, the country is marking the 17th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Firefighters hold up a flag that flew at the World Trade Center at the start of a commemoration ceremony for the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks at the National September 11 Memorial, September 11, 2018 in New York City. In New York City and throughout the United States, the country is marking the 17th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra looks at his mural painted in remembrance of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in New York City on September 11, 2018. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: A firefighter walks along the South Pool during a commemoration ceremony for the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks at the National September 11 Memorial, September 11, 2018 in New York City. In New York City and throughout the United States, the country is marking the 17th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
MORRISON, CO - SEPTEMBER 11: Over 2,000 people came out for the, 10th annual, Colorado 9/11 Stair Climb at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 11, 2018 in Morrison, Colorado. It is the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attack, and the memorial stair climb serves to honor and remember the 343 FDNY firefighters and almost 3,000 Americans who died that day. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
MORRISON, CO - SEPTEMBER 11: Tate, 4, eats a snack as his father Luke Wagner, a firefighter from Aurora Fire, carries his during the, 10th annual, Colorado 9/11 Stair Climb at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 11, 2018 in Morrison, Colorado. It is the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attack, and the memorial stair climb serves to honor and remember the 343 FDNY firefighters and almost 3,000 Americans who died that day. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Kosovo Albanians stand in front of a screen reading We Remember displayed outside the national theater in Pristina on September 11, 2018 during a commemoration ceremony on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks of the World Trade Center, in New York. (Photo by Armend NIMANI / AFP) (Photo credit should read ARMEND NIMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: A man pauses at the north pool before the start of a commemoration ceremony for the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks at the National September 11 Memorial, September 11, 2018 in New York City. In New York City and throughout the United States, the country is marking the 17th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: People walk by the Oculus located at the World Trade Center during a morning commemoration ceremony for the victims of the terrorist attacks seventeen years after the day on September 11, 2018 in New York City. Throughout the country services are being held to remember the 2,977 people who were killed in New York, the Pentagon and in a field in rural Pennsylvania on what was one of the worst attacks on American soil in the nations history. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, VA - SEPTEMBER 11: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (L) talks to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (R) as second lady Karen Pence (2nd L) looks on during a cereomy at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial to mark the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks September 11, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia. The nation observed 9/11 terror attacks that killed nearly 3000 people on American soil in 2001. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: A construction worker stands in the World Trade Center Oculus as the retractable skylight is opened during a morning commemoration ceremony for the victims of the terrorist attacks seventeen years after the day on September 11, 2018 in New York City.The skylight, which gives a view of One World Trade, is only opened on September 11. Throughout the country services are being held to remember the 2,977 people who were killed in New York, the Pentagon and in a field in rural Pennsylvania on what was one of the worst attacks on American soil in the nations history. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Flowers are placed on the names of those who perished on the wall around the South Pool during observances on September 11, 2018, held on the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001,terror attacks at the annual ceremony at the Ground Zero memorial site in New York. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A New York State Court Sergeant looks down into the South Pool during observances on September 11, 2018 held on the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks at the annual ceremony at the Ground Zero memorial site. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A New York City Fire Department(FDNY) firefighter looks down into the South Pool during observances on September 11, 2018, held on the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001,terror attacks at the annual ceremony at the Ground Zero memorial site in New York. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Fire Department posted video of the eagle's landing on its Facebook page. After perching on the basket at the top of the truck, the eagle flew off.

The Star Tribune reports that the unscripted event happened after several firefighters had set up department vehicles on the overpass, posted U.S. flags and draped a banner over the railing reading, "We will never forget."

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