Break the Chain A Ribbon of Hope

Exclusive (11/5/2001) Symbolism is very important to us. We wear pink ribbons for breast cancer and used yellow and orange ribbons to support soldiers at war. Now, Americans are looking for an appropriate way to symbolize the losses and heroism of the September 11, 2001 tragedy. Although it's being forwarded with gusto, the purple ribbon campaign doesn't seem to be picking up much support.


A movement has been started like that from Desert Storm. During Desert Storm we tied yellow ribbons anywhere we could.

Well, now the movement is to tie purple ribbons the same way. This is for two reasons.

1. In remembrance of not only the firefighters, police officers, paramedics who have died, but also for all who have died in this terrible tragedy.

2. Just as in the military, when a serviceman get injured, he is given the Purple Heart. Well, our country has been injured to its core.

Please pass this on to everyone you know, and let's see purple ribbons everywhere.

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A quick search of the Internet found numerous purple ribbon campaigns to recognize child abuse, domestic violence, parents, animal abuse, school violence, cancer survivors, hate crimes and pagan pride.

I found one site that addressed a purple ribbon campaign for rescue workers and victims of the attacks, but it was just a reproduction of the letter above.

Another symbol has already come to symbolize our unity as a nation in the face of terrorist threats - Flags, patriotic pins and red, white and blue ribbons are already very popular and seem like a more appropriate symbol. If the Purple Ribbon Campaign gets some major sponsorship and exposure, it may fly - but that's not likely with so many already showing their support in other ways.

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