Awareness Ribbons go all the way back to 1917! They were used to show support for military serving abroad. Then, in the early 1970's, the song "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" sang by Tony Orlando and Dawn was released, and based on this song, a wife of a hostage in Iran, Penney Laingen, was the first who used the ribbon as an awareness symbol. Since this time we have added several more ribbon colors to bring awareness about numerous issues that challenge our society. Ribbon lapel pins are a small inexpensive item that brings great awareness. Just like when you see the Nike swish you recognize the brand instantaneously, the same can be said for awareness ribbons. As soon as you see the almost finished number 8 lapel pin in a bright color you know at the very least this is to make you aware of a certain challenge people are facing. So next time you see one of these ribbons and you don't know what it means; ask what it means. Our lapel pins at Abrotherhood.com our mainly to support our military, police officers, firefighters and ems professionals. We love our first responders and want to support them. Let us know what you think and what we could add to our Brotherhood line to make it even better, we always listen.