ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

5 Popular Awareness Ribbon Colors Meanings

Updated on August 7, 2014

Ribbons have become part of our culture to show support for a cause and bring awareness to that cause. These awareness ribbons come in almost every color and many organizations, from large national groups to local small nonprofits, use ribbons to advertise their work. Some ribbons are more popular than others, displayed by millions around the country.

Pink Awareness Ribbons

With the rise in breast cancer awareness, the pink ribbon has become one of the most recognizable awareness ribbons. It came about as a symbol for breast cancer at the Komen Foundation's first Race for The Cure.

Yellow Awareness Ribbons

The popular 1973 song “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree,” based on stories of civil war veterans coming home to yellow ribbons tied around trees, brought about the yellow ribbon symbol. Today support of soldiers and showing hope that each one comes home safe is still a popular use of the yellow ribbon. Sharing the use of yellow colored ribbons with veteran support are other causes such as suicide prevention and endometriosis.

Red Awareness Ribbons

The yearly National Red Ribbon Week in October is a popular school campaign to educate schoolchildren about the dangers of using drugs and how to just say “no” when offered drugs. Another use of the red awareness ribbon brings attention to those suffering from AIDS.

Blue Awareness Ribbons

Blue ribbons are most commonly associated with child abuse and prevention. This symbol came about when a Virginia grandmother tied a blue ribbon on her van to honor her grandson who was killed by an abuser. The blue represents the bruises on an abused child.  Love Our Children USA has a national Get Blue campaign to bring awareness and help prevent child abuse around the country.

Multicolored- Puzzle Awareness Ribbon

The puzzle ribbon brings awareness to autism. With the rise of autism cases, this autism ribbon has quickly become a popularly displayed ribbon. According to the Autism Society, “the puzzle pattern reflects the mystery and complexity of the autism spectrum.”

People have come to recognize that a simple colored ribbon holds great significance. By using colored ribbons, organizations have created an easily recognized symbol that on site conveys a broad message. By selling these ribbons, the organizations raise funds to further support the cause. By wearing a small ribbon pin or placing a ribbon magnet on your car, you lend your support and join others around the country, and the world, who understand the personal hardships of a disease or struggle.

Grey Awareness Ribbons

Grey represents brain cancer (for "grey" matter), aphasia, mental illness, allergies, and diabetes.


Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)