Welles Crowther’s Bandanna and the Color of Honor

A red bandanna was the only identifying mark of an unassuming hero in the World Trade Center’s south tower. And this red bandanna is now known as a mark of honor and courage.

Greater love has no one than this, rthat someone lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:13

When he was only six years old, Welles Crowther’s father gave him two handkerchiefs: a white pocket square for show, and a red bandanna for blow[ing his nose]. From then on, Welles carried this connection with his father everywhere, from the lacrosse field to the fire station to his financial services office in the south tower of the World Trade Center. And it was this same red bandanna that led Welles’ mother to her son, in a New York Times article that described a mysterious man appearing and leading a dozen people to safety twenty floors below while wearing a red bandanna. See Welles’ heartbreaking story in a moving tribute to true heroism below.