Congress wears black and white ribbons during State of the Union
Members of Congress wore black and white ribbons during President Obama's State of the Union address. What do the ribbons mean?
New York — It looked like most members of Congress present for the State of the Union address were wearing black and white ribbons. What do they mean, and where did they come from?
"In tribute to the victims of the Arizona tragedy, we encourage Members, and everyone attending the State of the Union address Tuesday night to wear a black/white lapel ribbon.
"The tragic shooting on January 8th wounded our friend and colleague, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and caused the deaths of six and wounding of twelve others. The black/white ribbon has been a symbol of unity and hope for the entire Tucson community in the wake of this event. 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.
"As the Tucson community works to heal and comes together in solidarity, I, along with my House colleague, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz believe it would be fitting that Members, Administration officials and others, wear these ribbons on Tuesday as a symbol of solidarity with the community and the nation."