New Zealand Firefighters Perform Stirring Haka to Honor 9/11 Victims

As a tribute to fellow firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11, New Zealanders performed a stirring haka at the Sky Tower in Auckland.

A video obtained by New Zealand outlet 1 News Now shows Kiwi firefighters performing the traditional dance of the Maori people on Wednesday.

According to 1 News Now, New York City Fire Department chiefs John Buckheit, Howard Hill and David Morkal were in attendance for the event.

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Following the performance of the haka, more than 200 firefighters climbed Sky Tower in tribute to fallen colleagues – both those who died on 9/11 and the 59 New Zealand firefighters recorded to have died in the line of duty.

9/11 tributes in the US

Thousands attended the annual ceremony at ground zero commemorating the nearly 3,000 victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Relatives and friends read aloud the names of loved ones who died during the tragedy. On Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump took part in a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House.

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Trump addressed reporters later on in the day, saying the events of 9/11 were “seared” into the nation’s soul.

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