This is the eighteenth state patch made for the National 9/11 Flag restoration project. The National 9/11 Flag was brought to Oklahoma City on April 19, 2011 for a display and stitching ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.
The Oklahoma patch was made from one retired flags which was donated by the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. It flew over the Memorial’s outdoor Symbolic Memorial on April 19, 2010 for the 15th Anniversary of the bombing in Oklahoma City. The presentation of the flag represented the bond between Oklahoma City and New York on the 16th Anniversary of the Alfred P. Hurrah Federal Building bombing.
The patch was made by cutting out white stripes from the donated flag. The patch is 6 inches high by 15 inches long. It was sewn into an area in the middle of the third white stripe of the National 9/11 Flag (Location R6-3).
The patch (s) was sewn by 266 people during the ceremony including many veterans and survivors of the bombing as well as first responders and firefighters who responded to the bombing. Officer Chad Peery of the Oklahoma City Police Department, wounded and subsequently paralyzed when trying to break up a fight while on duty also placed a stitch on the patch.
The remains of the donated flag used in making the patch has been retuned to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.
Members of the National 9/11 Flag Team that travelled to Oklahoma for the ceremonies included Denny and Carolyn Deters, Wendy Hauser, and FDNY Firefighters , Paddy Neville, Paddy McElvaney and Trey Piazza.