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. You did a fantastic job on this one! Being from the NJ side of the river, I can clearly remember those lights and the feelings they invoked in all of us. Thank you for creating this for the boys to remember. (

  2. That’s a really nice tribute. I worked at TMR a few years ago and this brings back both memories of that and 9-11.

  3. Both of these patches would be good additions for any collector. I hope Scouts and Scouters bring along a “few” extra for trading at NOAC 2012 and Jamboree 2013!

  4. What an awesome way to remember those lost in 9-11. I commend the NY Council for creating such a priceless patch!

  5. I love council patches, and it so appropriate to have one dedicated to the men and women that lost their lives in that tragity. Especially dedicated to the men and women in public service that put others peoples lives before their own. This is a nice way to say that we will never forget you and always honor you.

  6. Sept 11 was my Pearl Harbor, I will never forget where I was when it happened. I can still remember it vividly. I would love the chance to pay tribute to all those that were lost.
    Thank you

  7. Pick me! I am very saddened I never got to visit New York before 9/11 and would love the opportunity to wear the patch as a remembrance of that day.

  8. Wow, this is an awesome patch and a true tribute to those affected by 9/11. I hope to see more of these at the Jamboree so it get’s recognized by as many people as possible.

  9. I am a New Yorker
    I do not live in the five boroughs or on the Island or Upstate
    I may live hundreds or thousands of miles away
    Or I may live just over the GW Bridge
    But I am a New Yorker
    I am a New Yorker
    Whatever took me out of New York:
    Business, family or hating the cold did not take New York out of me.
    My accent may have faded and my pace may have slowed
    But I am a New Yorker
    I am a New Yorker
    I was raised on Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Rockefeller Plaza,
    The Yankees or the Mets (Giants or Dodgers)
    Jones Beach, Rye Beach, Rockaway Beach or one of the beaches on the sound
    I know that “THE END” means Montauk.
    Because I am a New Yorker
    I am a New Yorker
    When I go on vacation, I never look up
    Skyscrapers are something I take for granted
    The Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty are part of me
    Taxis and noise and subways and “get outa heah” don’t rattle me
    Because I am a New Yorker
    I am a New Yorker
    I was raised on cultural diversity before it was politically correct
    I eat Greek food and Italian food, Jewish and Middle Eastern food and Chinese food
    Because they are all American food to me.
    I don’t get mad when people speak other languages in my presence
    Because my relatives got to this country via Ellis Island and chose to stay
    They were New Yorkers
    People who have never been to New York have misunderstood me
    My friends and family work in the industries, professions and
    businesses that benefit all Americans
    My firefighters died trying to save New Yorkers and non-New Yorkers
    They died trying to save Americans and non-Americans
    Because they were New Yorkers.
    I am a New Yorker
    I feel the pain of my fellow New Yorkers
    I mourn the loss of my beautiful city
    I feel and dread that New York will never be the same
    But then I remember:
    I am a New Yorker
    And New Yorkers have:
    Tenacity, strength and courage way above the norm
    Compassion and caring for our fellow citizens
    Love and pride in our city, in our state, in our country
    Intelligence, experience and education par excellence
    Ability, dedication and energy above and beyond
    Faith–no matter what religion we practice
    Terrorists hit America in its heart
    But America’s heart still beats strong
    Demolish the steel in our buildings, but it doesn’t touch the steel in our souls
    Hit us in the pocketbook; but we’ll parlay what we have left into a fortune
    End innocent lives leaving widows and orphans, but we’ll take care of them
    Because they are New Yorkers
    Wherever we live, whatever we do, whoever we are
    There are New Yorkers in every state and every city of this nation
    We will not abandon our city
    We will not abandon our brothers and sisters
    We will not abandon the beauty, creativity and diversity that New York represents
    Because we are New Yorkers
    And we are proud to be New Yorker
    Author – Vincent Pasquale, Maspeth, NY

  10. Our youngest son and Life scout just visited the NY area to see our history and would love to have this patch as a reminder!

  11. I was a flight nurse in CT during 9/11, I had the opportunity to fly over the site shortly after they lifted the no-fly zone while bring a patient into NYC, an amazing and surreal site from the air.

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