- Blue ribbon
symbolism, blue ribbon is a term used to describe something of high quality. The usage came from The Blue Riband, a prize awarded for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Oceanby passenger liners -- and prior to that from Cordon Bleu which referred to the blue ribbon worn by a particular order of knights.
The spelling "blue riband" is still encountered in most English-speaking countries, but in the
United States, the term was altered to blue ribbon, and ribbons of this color came to be awarded for first place in certain athletic or other competitive endeavours (such as county and state fairs). It also may be applied to distinguished members of a group or commission who have convened to address a situation or problem; the usual usage is "blue ribbon commission" or "blue ribbon panel."
The French for the term is '
Cordon Bleu' which is also used in English-speaking countries.
In some fair competitions in the U.S., particularly
4-Hand FFA livestock and horticultural events, blue ribbons may be awarded to any project or exhibit which meets or exceeds all of a competition's judging criteria. In Canada blue ribbons are awarded to "second" place, with red ribbons awarded to first.
The project may not necessarily be the first place finisher, however. In such cases, a purple ribbon may given to the champion and second-place (or reserve) champion.
Usage as an awareness ribbon
Blue ribbons have been used as
awareness ribbons for numerous different causes. Notable examples:
Against child abuse
In the U.S.A., a "Blue Ribbon Campaign" against
child abuseoriginated in the spring of 1989 when Bonnie Finney of Virginia tied a blue ribbon to her car antenna, as tribute to her three year old grandson, Michael Bubba Dickinson, who died at the hands of his abusive father. The blue color of the ribbon symbolizes the color of bruises.
Canada, it is the symbol of an anti-tobacco, anti-second hand smoke campaign. It also has the same meaning in Japan. [ [http://ilcabr.fc2web.com/index-e.html I Love Clean Air Blue Ribbon in Japan] ] Students of the Hugh Boyd Secondary Schoolin Richmond, British Columbiastarted the "Blue Ribbon Campaign" in 1999. Each year it has grown and now has taken on a national scope. [http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/tobac-tabac/second/do-faire/ribbon-ruban/index_e.html] [ [http://www.capitalhealth.ca/NewsAndEvents/Features/2006/TobaccoReduction.htm Blue Ribbon Contest in Capital Health] ]
* In the
U.S., a blue ribbon is the symbol of prostate cancerawareness and Child Abuse Prevention.
Spain, a blue ribbon ("lazo azul") was used since 1993 by those opposing the terrorismof ETA. [ [http://www.gesto.org/prensapdf/07-03-07%20NP%20Lazo%20azul.pdf "Gesto por la Paz y el lazo azul"] [http://www.elcorreodigital.com/vizcaya/prensa/20070308/articulos_opi_viz/lazo-azul_20070308.html Jose María Calleja, "El lazo azul"] ]
Ukraine, a blue ribbon represents solidarity with Viktor Yanukovych's opposition, support for the " Party of Regions" ( _uk. Партія регіонів) and protest against the seizure of power by Viktor Yushchenkoduring the Orange Revolutionin December of 2004.Fact|date=March 2008
* The blue ribbon was used in the
Cedar Revolutionin Lebanonin 2005, the movement to end perceived Syrian hegemony over Lebanese politics.Fact|date=March 2008
* In regard to Australian Politics the term "blue ribbon" is used to describe an
electorates, state or area which is considered safe for the conservativeLiberal Party. This term can also be applied to the British Conservative Partywhich shares the same ideology and traditional colour of the Australian Liberal Party.Fact|date=March 2008
Israel, blue ribbons indicate support for the Israel unilateral disengagement plan of 2004, as opposed to orange ribbons, which indicate opposition. It is intended to invoke the flag of Israel.Fact|date=March 2008
Japan, a blue ribbon is a symbol against abduction by North Korea(DPRK, Kim's government). It symbolizes the Sea of Japan, between Japan and Korea.Fact|date=March 2008
* In spring 2007, thousands of
World bankemployees started wearing blue ribbons as a symbol of support for the cause of good governance. This was seen as a silent protest against World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, who had to step down several weeks later due to charges of nepotism. [Sridhar Pappu: " [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/17/AR2007051702548.html At World Bank, Blue Ribbons Became Attire Of Their Ire] ". The Washington Post, May 18, 2007, Page C01]
* In the United States, the blue ribbon (and awareness bracelet from CCFA) are used to signify Chron's Disease, Colitis, Colon Cancer, and associated gastric dieases. Fact|date=March 2008
* In the United States of America, a blue ribbon is a symbol for remembrance of fallen police officers. The ribbons are displayed by the survivors of fallen police officers and are very symbolic of the COPS organization, Concerns Of Police Survivors.Fact|date=March 2008 In Australia, a blue and white checkered ribbon is commonly used.
Swedenthere is a temperance organization with the name "Blå bandet" (The Blue Ribbon). [ [http://www.blabandet.se Organization's website (in swedish)] ]
* In the US town of
Enterprise, ALon March 1st, 2007 a tornado destroyed Enterprise High Schooland part of the city killing 8 students and 1 Enterprise resident. A Blue ribbon with a White ribbon is used (the schools colors) to commemorate the loss of life that day. Other ribbons are Blue with White Lettering (often stating "We Will Never Forget 3-1-07").Fact|date=May 2008
Companies and products
* Italian Brewer Birra Peroni has an international Beer called "Nastro Azzurro" which translated is blue ribbon. It took it's name from the Blue Ribband across the Altlantic (See above)
* Beginning in the 1940s,
Warner Bros., in a cost-conserving effort, began to reissue its backlog of color cartoons under a new program which they called Merrie Melodies"Blue Ribbon" reissues. For the reissue, the original front-and-end title sequences were altered.
Blue Ribbonis a chain of 5 upscale restaurants, a recording studioand amateur cycling teamin New York City.
Pabst Blue RibbonBeer, which got its name from originally having a blue ribbon tied around the neck of the bottle (between 1882 and 1916).
Zimbabwe, the term "blue ribbon" is in reference to " Blue Ribbon Mills", the largest wheat refiner in the country.
* The Swedish company "Blå band" (Blue ribbon) manufacture dried and ready-cooked sauces, soups and outdoor meals.
Blue Ribbon Schools Program
Blue Ribbon Awards
Medals of Honor (Japan)
Blue Riband (disambiguation)for other uses of the term "Blue Riband"Certina watch named "blue ribbon" high-quality automatic
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