New York council patch serves as a nice tribute to Sept. 11

Post updated on June 5. See below.

OK, this is really nice.

The Greater New York Councils created the special-edition council shoulder patch seen above to commemorate the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The patch, called “A Tribute in Light,” depicts the real-life Sept. 11 memorial displayed in New York each year. The twin beams of light shine from dusk on Sept. 11 through dawn the next day and can be seen for 60 miles.

It’s the first in the councils’ “Big Apple Series,” which is an annual “council shoulder patch series capturing the essence and world famous landmarks of the greatest city in the world.”

I love New York, and so I’m excited to see which landmark the councils showcase next. But it’s only fitting that they start with this moving tribute both to those who were lost and to those who are still healing from that terrible tragedy.

If you want one of these patches, read on to learn how to buy your own.

How to order

First, know that there are two versions of the patch.

The one seen above sells for $7 (shipping included). Then there’s another with the words “Never Forget” in ghosted script at the bottom. That one is $15 (shipping included).

To order, download the PDF order form or visit this site.

Win one of mine

Update (June 5): The contest is closed. If you didn’t win, see above to order one.

Of the nearly 250 entries, there were seven randomly selected winners.

Thanks to everyone who shared their words. I read everything, and was truly moved.

And thanks to Dave Swartz for sending me a total of SEVEN patches.

Here are the winners. If your name is listed here, I’ll be sending you an email to get your mailing address. Check your spam if it doesn’t make it through!

Regular patch (5): Jen Reid, Marian Walters, Scott Williams, J. Michael McKinney, and Chris King

“Never Forget” ghost patch (2): Bill Ruth and Stephanie Schwarz

249 thoughts on “New York council patch serves as a nice tribute to Sept. 11

  1. May I have one, please?
    I feel this patch illustrates ‘a scout is reverent’ in a whole new light; not only encouraging duty to country, but also as a remembrance of all those affected.

  2. Wow – that’s an amazing patch. I am not into the whole patch collecting/trading game but love the look, style, and quality of what you showed above. Perhaps this will be my foray into patch collecting?

  3. Please pick me so I can give it to my son … a few steps away from Eagle Scout … project will be complete TOMORROW! :O)

  4. My son was with the OreIda Coucil Troop 609 at Jamboree 2010, afterwards they went on tour up the coast. He has told me a about visiting NYC and seeing Ground Zero, also about how here they are in unform walking past a Fire Station and 2 of the firefighters come out an salute’ them, that had a eldery gentleman follow them around for a couple of hours telling them how proud he was to see them living and being a good example. I would love to win this for his Patch Blanket as a memory.

  5. pick me. Usually don’t like asking for things, would actually prefer to work towards and earn them but, this hit a chord. Didn’t know the patches existed, even if I don’t win one I will be purchasing a set for the collection. I grew up in the NY/NJ area and worked in Manhatten for many years. Can’t say I was close friends with anyone who was lost that day but had many friends of friends who were. That fateful day will never be forgotten and I remember how it brought us all closer together as friends and as a Nation. Didn’t see it notated anywhere but is the Council donating any of the proceeds?


    Eagle Scout – Class of ’78
    District Commissioner
    Occoneechee Council, Neuse river District

  6. I think it would be awesome to get these patches. I am trying to start an around the world patch coklection. I love your writing too.

  7. I would love to have one of the new York council patches. I grew up and was a scout in troop 262 in Brooklyn back in the 70′s. It would make a great addition to my collection.

  8. My son may be earning Eagle this year. This would make a nice Gift. Don’t you think?

  9. I remember the moment I realized that the first plane wasn’t an accident. I was in Microbiology lab and the radio was playing in the background. I spent the next 3 days crying as my husband was deployed. I definitely will never forget what that day destroyed…and what it has destroyed since. I will say “pick my son” now before this becomes to emotionally and politically charged. I think that day will always be a soft spot in my armor.

  10. I never had the opportunity to travel to New York before the Twin Towers fell. But I remember everything about that day, and the days following–how our nation came together; how the churches filled up with people seeking solace; how people showed more compassion for their neighbors; and how we all felt the scary presence of the “boogeyman” invading our lives and making us question who to trust. Although I don’t expect to win this for my Star Scout, I will be purchasing a set for him. Thank you, ALL of our service men and women for all you do to protect our freedoms. Thank you, NYC Council for honoring our fallen heroes and neighbors this way. And thank you, God, for this great country of ours.

  11. I was answering an EMS call when I found out about the attack. I was in the patients house and saw the first tower come down. On the way to the hospital, I found the news break on the radio and listened to the coverage of the Attack on America. I had recently left active duty Army and enlisted in the national guard. I deployed to Iraq in 2004 with the NC National Guard. Although one of the scariest things I have ever done, it was also one of my proudest. I tell my Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts about it all the time.

    • This patch has special meaning for me . . . my oldest son (an EMT) was sent to NY (he was a midshipman at the US Merchant Marine Academy at the time) and was within a couple of blocks of Tower 7 when it fell. My daughter-in-law was also sent to assist with evacuation. On the West Coast, my 2nd oldest son was called to active duty that dreadful morning – he was a Coast Guard Reservist with a Port Security Unit out of Tacoma. My family was forever affected and will never forget.

  12. President Reagan being shot, Space Shuttle Columbia and Sept 11, 2001 are events that I know right where I was, right what I was doing and exactly how I felt. I can see the CNN webpage stream of the towers just by closing my eyes. Proud to be an American!

  13. I would like this patch. Great looking patch.

    used to be able to see the towers from where i gre up

  14. Just got back from chaperoning a 7th grade field trip to Ellis Island National Park and the Statue of Liberty. One of our Troop’s scouts was with me on the ferry as we both looked at the NYC skyline. The twin towers are not forgotten and those who were lost or helped in any way when the the towers fell are in the hearts of all Americans. How wonderful that this Council created these patches as a remembrance we all share?

  15. I would really love to get one of these patches for my Eagle Scout husband who spent his entire childhood in this council, is still a member of the Suhannake Lodge of the OA (did I spell that right?) and spent his summers and did his Eagle Scout Project at Camp 10-Mile River Scout Camp. This would be a great patch to add to his collection.

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