January 14, 2014

WP Daily Prompt: 1/7/2014: Ribbon Colors Mean… Part 1



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  WP DAILY PROMPT 1/7/2014:


(Red, Orange, Yellow)

The WP Daily Prompt for 1/7/2014 is colors : Write about anything you’d like, but make sure that all seven colors of the rainbow — red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet — make an appearance in the post, either through word or image.

Since this topic is too long for a single post I decided to do it in two parts, which qualifies it for the WP Weekly Writing Challenge 1/6/2014, Cliffhanger! : …write a post that will leave readers waiting for more. Breathless with anticipation. On the edges of the seats…We want to hear audible groans when readers reach the end of your post and see “To be continued…” Although this is an informational rather than a storytelling post I hope readers will have their curiosity piqued sufficiently to wait expectantly for the second part of title, WP Daily Prompt: 1/7/2014: Ribbon Colors Mean… Part 2.

Persian Gulf War yellow ribbon

Persian Gulf War yellow ribbon

As I placed the yellow ribbon on my Christmas tree, reading its words Operation Mail Call, I thought about the military men in my family: my father, uncle, grandfather… Then I wondered about the yellow ribbon’s connection between the 1970s song Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree, and the Persian Gulf War in the early 1990s, the latter being the time of the ribbon.

And I wondered why yellow? Thus, I found myself surfing the Internet to find an answer.

As I surfed I discovered all the colors of the rainbow are used in ribbons to bring support and awareness to select issues. This post will run through the rainbow colors. Part 1 will cover red, orange, and yellow. Part 2 will cover green, blue, indigo, and violet.


Red ribbons bring awareness and support for numerous issues, including Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE), Mothers Against Drunk Driving, reflex sympathetic dystrophy.


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Red Ribbon Week is the last full week in October, a time set aside to present a visible commitment to a safe, healthy and drug-free lifestyle. The campaign is designed to accomplish the following:

  • to create awareness concerning the problems related to the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs
  • to support the decision to live a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

The first Red Ribbon Week was proclaimed in 1988 by the U.S. Congress to commemorate the sacrifice of Drug Enforcement Agency agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was murdered by Mexican drug traffickers.

An annual Red Ribbon Theme Contest reminds adults to support drug prevention efforts and set a positive example for children. The 2013 winning theme was A Healthy Me Is Drug Free. Previous winning themes were The Best Me Is Drug Free, It’s Up To Me To Be Drug Free, and 100% Me Drug Free.

Which reminds me that I won a poster contest at a camp when I was a teenager. It was the first thing I ever won.



Red Ribbons also advance the issues involved in women’s heart disease.

The annual National Wear Red Day ® is on the first Friday in February, February 7th in 2014. It brings awareness that heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women, killing almost 1,100 a day…(it) kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. It is a silent killer, having symptoms that (more…)

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