Members to wear ribbons honoring Arizona victims
January 25th, 2011
02:54 PM ET
11 years ago

Members to wear ribbons honoring Arizona victims

(CNN) - Members of Congress have been asked to wear black and white ribbons at the State of the Union address Tuesday in honor of the victims from the Arizona shooting, including Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

In a letter, Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, and Michael McCaul, R-Texas, encouraged members to wear the ribbons, which they said will be distributed by House pages to each Congressional office ahead of the address.

"It would be fitting that Members, Administration officials and others, wear these ribbons tonight as a symbol of solidarity with the community and the nation," the letter said. "The white ribbon represents hope for a peaceful, nonviolent society. The black ribbon is in remembrance of all who have died and been wounded as a result of violence."

Filed under: Arizona • SOTU 2011
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. james Miller

    Nothing like one of their own getting gunned down to get their attention !! It`s a shame that nothing else has much affect once elections are over.

    January 25, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - John "The Weeper of the House" Boehner

    Members of Congress who have partaken in hateful rhetoric(Michelle Bachmann, Joe Wilson, Birthers) should not have a ribbon on at all. As much as we all know that the actions that took place in Tuscon were those solely of one deranged man, public officials need to be held accountable for the words that come out of their mouths' because they are as much of the problem as any mental illness.

    January 25, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    Oh come on... Enough of this kind of stuff. It has no place in this kind of event. What next? Will the Democrats roll Giffords into the hall on a stretcher? I think this is rather cheap and classless exploitation.

    January 25, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Nice idea. Unfortunately, the cynic in me forsees someone marketing and selling this combo as a car magnet, too, with absolutely no monies going to any fund to help the victims of this tragedy. May I recommend an extra large one that could be tied around Congresswoman Bachmann's mouth so we don't have to hear her post speech rant?

    January 25, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I'll bet that Louie Gomert will not wear one.

    January 25, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I wonder what color Gov. Jane Brewer of Arizona should wear because she is Arizona's one person death panel.

    January 25, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |