This is the first patch made for the National 9/11 Flag restoration project. Little Rock, Arkansas was selected to be the first site on the Historic year long Flag Tour as the 2010 New York Says Thank You Foundation’s 9/11 anniversary rebuilding trip was centered in Mena, Arkansas. The Little Rock patch was made by cutting out several red strips from a 3 foot by 5 foot retired flag donated to the Tour by the Quapaw Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America in Little Rock.
Not much is known regarding the history of the donated flag other than it was flown in or around the Little Rock area. When it no long was considered a fitting emblem for display, it was given to the Boy Scouts for proper retirement.
The Little Rock patch is approximately 3 inches high and 24 inches long. It was sewn into the lower left hand area of the bottom red stripe to begin the reconstruction of that stripe.
The ceremony of stitching the patch took place in the Rotunda of the State Capital in Little Rock on September 1, 2010. Governor Mike Beebe of Arkansas along with four honorees placed the first stitches into the Flag. This was followed by approximately 70 people who placed stitches in the Flag. The remaining part of the donated flag has been properly retired.
The location of the Little Rock, Arkansas patch is outlined on the picture below.