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The third patch in the AGL Thrust series, and a 4th of July special edition: Independence.

All our patches are inspired by history, and this one is certainly no different.
July marks a very special month for the United States. First and foremost, it is the month in which we celebrate the anniversary of the publication of our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776. Although, it was not until the signing of The Treaty of Paris on September 3rd, 1783 (which formally ended the Revolutionary War, recognized American independence and established borders for the new nation), that our independence was accepted. The Continental Congress later ratified The Treaty of Paris on January 14, 1784.

Secondly, July is also the month that the United States was the first to achieve a historical milestone; what no nation had done before: the first human stepped foot on a celestial being other than our own, and returned home safely.

On July 16th, 1969, at 9:32 a.m. EDT, the Saturn V engines fire, and Apollo 11 clears the tower. Four days later, When the lunar module lands on the surface at 4:18 p.m. EDT, Astronaut Neil Armstrong radios "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." Mission control erupts in celebration. At 10:56 p.m. EDT, With more than half a billion people watching on television around the globe, Armstrong climbs down the ladder and proclaims: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind".

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin joins him shortly, and offers a simple but powerful description of the lunar surface: "magnificent desolation." They explore the surface for two and a half hours, collecting samples and taking photographs. They leave behind an American flag, a patch honoring the fallen Apollo 1 crew, and a plaque on one of Eagle's legs. It reads, "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind."

^ 3" diameter
^ Hook backing
^ 100% embroidered
^ Only 100 made
^ Glow in the dark stitching