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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. I would be happy to win one of these for my son. I lived north of the city in 2001 (have since moved to FL), and while I didn’t loose someone I knew personally in the attacks, most of my neighbors did. We could see the smoke from our house, and my son (working on his Eagle right now) remembers it very clearly as a defining moment in his childhood. He knows many of the details and facts about the WTC towers and collects things related to it. I still remember the Harriers flying over our house on patrols afterwards, we were on the flight path they regularly took.

  2. As in incoming new cubmaster I’d like to get the boys more excited about scouting and we were thinking of a pack patch collection. This would be awesome to have as one of the cornerstones of the collection

  3. i woudl love to give this to my son, who’s on his road to eagle. When he visited the 911 Museum in NYC enroute to the Jamboree in 3010, he shared the impression it made in photos, and in essays at high school.

  4. One of my favorite shoulder patches isn’t actually a council patch, its from a camp. I got to work at Owasippe Scout Reservation on the 100 year anniversary of the camp and they had a special patch to comemerate the occasion it was a white patch with a green border and it had the Owasippe head logo en-circled by two rows of 50 stars. Across the top the patch was supposed to say “Chicago Area Council” however the maker of the patch messed up and sent 50 patches that read “Chigago Area Council.” The correct patch was finally shipped and sold in the trading patch but the first is a much cooler collectable.

  5. As a former New Yorker who worked on Wall St., that day will never be forgotten. However the more important memory is how a city and a country came together in the hours, weeks and months after that fateful day.

  6. I just think this is a truly lovely patch and am planning on ordering one when I get a few extra $$! It makes me remember how we all came together that day!

  7. I am a proud New Yorker, even if I don’t live there any longer. My son is starting his Eagle project this summer and I would like to have this patch to present to him. We miss NY and go back as often as we can. Thank you for giving someone a chance to win this awesome patch

  8. Just came back from vacationing a few days in New York. A Great City. The new towers seem closer to being done. Wish I got to see the memorial. Next time!

  9. Like Pearl Harbor and December 7th, we should not forget that fateful September day. I dont know if I will ever get used to the changed skyline when I drive through the area. Glad to see the patch created.

  10. What a great CSP – I was born in NY – look forward to taking my two Scouts for a visit soon!

  11. I’m so happy they made a patch to honor 9/11. The towers are something we all took for granted. This is a good way to remember them.

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