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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. My memories of 9-11. I was stationed at Eglin AFB, working in the Munitions Storage Area aka Bomb Dump. We were all on our way out for lunch but stopped at the control room before leaving. The news of the first attack was showing and then the second attack, real time. As we all watched the towers collapse we could feel the cry of every soul unjustly taken from us. We all knew this was our call. We didn’t leave, we went back into the Dump and started prepping for the anticipated phone call. It came, Our call to duty. That day changed so many lives, instilled a pride in our nation. A coming together of its citizens. We were attacked on our home soil, We lost the lives of innocent civilians. As a veteran I wanted so bad to make this wrong done brought to justice. Seeing the memorial lights of the towers, watching the memorial every year makes my heart swell with pride. I am proud to have served during this time. Seeing this patch also swells me with pride, I’m proud how we all came together nationwide for the families lost, for the first responders lost. Yes this would be a great patch for my collection, but this would be a great patch to share with my fellow Brothers in Arms. Pick Me. God Bless the USA

  2. I like the Statue of Liberty in the foreground. When the late night talk shows started up again after 9/11 one of the hosts pointed out that from his window he had a great view of the Twin Towers and that morning when he looked out for the first time what he saw was Lady Liberty.

    Always remember those who dies because they ran in when everyone else was running out.

    Houston, TX PD – Retired
    Cimarron, NM PD

  3. Tried posting earlier does look as it went through. Was a boy scout in my youth and have very fond memories, now 50! Sad that my boys missed out on a great experience. I’ve also reconnected with my scout leader on Facebook, how cool is that. Used to travel to NY on business alot, would go to deck of the Empire State Building and see the WTC. Wished to visit it but the distance was so far. I bought two patches for my wife and I to wear on our motorcycle vests. Would like to win one to pay forward to someone else. The lights are a beautiful tribute from the first time I’ve seen them. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

  4. I luvvvvv the patch! We will never forget! The President Gerald R Ford Field Service Council has been producing a special 9-11 Council Patch every year for several years now. However, you cant buy it… You have to participate in the Council’s 9-11 Salute and earn it! Its a day-long continuous salute and thousands of Scouts and leaders do it every year! Not a fundraiser, a tribute!

  5. Very nice remembrance of the people and those that may have been scouts from around the world who were at the World Trade Center.

  6. I was in midtown NYC on Sept 11, 2001. I can’t forget the unspeakably lovely blue sky that day. My office didn’t have a view of the towers, but the building next to us did. I remember seeing people standing on the neighboring balcony suddenly fall to their knees — only later did I realize that was when the first tower fell. Very nice patch (and I really wish the Scout Store in the Empire State Building had not closed so it would be easier to pick up a few!).

  7. I sure would like to win one for my older son who collects council badges!

    Just love reading your blog, Bryan.

  8. My husband vounteered to go down (Fireman) to help with the clean-up. I also had a client who I was on the phone with right after the first plane hit. He told me had to go; he said he was leaving hte building. They were on the 74th floor having a meeting (usually on the 81st). One of the woman forgot her purse, but he kept them going even when a voice came over the intercom telling them it was safe to return to their place of business. They made it out the door just before it collapsed. Please ick me so I cna honor this man with the patch as he once was a boy scout.

  9. That is an awesome patch. NYC is my favorite city I’ve been to. This would be a great addition to my CSP collection

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  11. An Outstanding patch of one of the most terrible events in the history of America. I was watching the tragedy on TV and was terrified for those that were caught up in the distruction of the World Trade Centers. The patch honors all the lives that were affected by the most heinous of all crimes. America was forever changed and we must never forget that on that fateful day we added Heros not by choice to a long list of Heros that make this nation what it is. Sincerely, Trenton Spears

  12. Native New Yorker, veteran and proud American – this patch is a wonderful tribute. Thank you to the patch designer.

  13. I was one of the those EMS first responders from New Jersey, spent the day at LIberty State Park and Ellis Island.

  14. Awesome patch. I especially like the Statue of Liberty in the foreground and the ghost patch is REALLY COOL!!! Thanks to the Greater New York Councils for putting these together.

  15. I was in the process of working on the final draft of my doctoral dissertation when I first learned of the attack on the twin towers. On the one year anniversary, I was at Camp Alpine, NJ with my son. He was attending NLS and I was at NLATS. I came out to get a breath of fresh air that evening and saw the two beams of light and realized they had to be coming from GZ. I ran inside and brought my son out and we spent a quiet moment reflecting on the tragedy.

    Thanks to Greater New York Councils for keeping the memory of all involved alive!

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