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. PICK ME PLEASE!! It is a great looking patch. I was sent by my fire department to trench rescue training. We were in about the third day on the 11th. We finished the class, but we were prepared to pack up and make the trip to assist at WTC if FDNY called for us. Kudos to Greater New York Council for memorializing WTC in their council patch.

  2. Love the patch! We take our Troop to NYC every other December, we stay at a church in Washington Heights, sure would love to have one !!!

  3. Beautiful patch! Very nice of them to send them to you and just as nice for you to share them! I’ll never forget that day… was a young Sailor pulling out of port on a Guided Missile Cruiser, waving goodbye to my wife and two young sons on the pier. I’ll be back in two weeks…. just going out for a training op. A few hours later that all changed… The next time I saw my family the world was a different place, my boys were older, my wife was tired from worring constantly, I was a combat vetern…. Now time has gone by, memories fade and the world is still changing, but that day will always be vivid in my mind.

  4. Yes, I would enjoy winning one of these patches to add to my collection. I have a bunch of my council patches that have changed over the years since I was a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Explorer, and adult leader since wearing just a City/State instead fo the Council patches we can now wear.

  5. I would love to win one of these. I remember looking out over NYC from the roof of the WTC and the Statue of Liberty.

  6. Our son, now a Star Scout, was three years old on 9/11. We were on our way from western NY to Gettysburg, and from there Baltimore for a family vacation. We listened to the news coverage of the attacks on our drive and heard that a plane was missing over Pennsylvania just as we were driving through central PA. Signs were popping up along the major highways that NYC was closed to all traffic and that travelers would need to change travel plans. The sky was suddenly still and as we made stops until we reached our destination, we really didn’t know what to say to our son. I had lost my appetite and could only think of what was happening just a short distance away and how utterly helpless I felt. We arrived in Gettysburg around 3 pm and watched the news coverage on television for the first time that day. We visited the battlefields that evening and it just so happened that our son was going through a phase where he always carried a small American flag with him – even to bed. People probably thought we had placed the small flag in his hand to mark the events of the day; maybe our son’s love for the American flag was meant to inspire others. We now find ourselves some years later and stories in the news continue to pop up about people being fined or asked to remove the American flag from their home because it offends someone. Children are no longer taught about the flag or recite the Pledge of Allegiance because it may offend someone. 9/11 was more than an attack on a building, causing thousands of deaths and shattered families. It was an attack on our entire nation and what it stands for. This commemorative patch serves to not only remind us all of that awful day and subsequent months and years; it should serve to make us remember how Americans pulled together after the attack and were proud to be American. May we once again feel that cohesive pull as Americans, and let it not be due to another tragedy, but because we will it.

  7. It’s an honor to those men and women, who lost their lives that horrible day. This patch holds Americans on it’s shoulder. Thank you

  8. I would really like to have one of these great tribute patches for my son’s 17th birthday that is Sept. 11th…our entire family are Scouts/Scouters

  9. I have never been to NY, but i remember the day that you took the hit for our freedom. I would be honored to have the patch and display it proudly. Go Army.

  10. Being from Florida, I would LOVE to have a patch honoring this event. I am wanting to come to New York and this would give me something to look forward to.

  11. Pick me so I can give to my son cuz his dad is a firefighter and it would make him cry when I gave it to him

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