Romney, Obama Lapel Pins a Hot Holiday Item

The 2012 election season is over, thankfully, but the paraphernalia is still there for the masses. Even after Mr. Romney’s loss in November, vendors are still selling lapel pins supporting the republican candidate.

This holiday season, many people will offer these campaign lapel pins and promotional items to supporters of either candidate. While the race is over, the lapel pin wars may continue for a little while.


Poll Workers Wear Lapel Pin Designed by Student


The Indian River County election supervisor holds a lapel pin contest on every election cycle. The Florida county has poll workers wear the lapel  pins at county polling stations. The contest is held among all middle school students in the area.

The students submit their design and the winner has their artwork made into a lapel pin. From the many submissions this past election cycle, Katleyn Wahl’s design won the contest and her artwork was then made into a pin which poll workers wore on November 6th. 


Soldiers Mingle with Veterans & Present Lapel Pins

Veterans are honored by laymen and citizens worldwide. Holidays are celebrated in almost every nation in the world honoring the sacrifice of veterans. Lapel pins, poppy pins and POW MIA pins are just a number of pins people everywhere sport to show their support.

The nicest of them all is, though, the solidarity fellow active soldiers show for retired veterans. Being in the armed forces makes soldiers realize the sacrifice veterans have done for their country. This article tells a story of soldiers who visited soldiers in the hospital and presented them with an American Flag lapel pin.

Buddy Poppy Lapel Pins Honor Veterans

The following is the poem that inspired the use of buddy poppies as veterans memorial lapel pins:

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. 
Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.

Written by John McCrae, this poem inspired the cultivation of the beautiful buddy poppy flower as a reminder to the heroism of our men and women of the armed forces.

November 12 is veterans day and the Coronado department of veteran affairs will host a buddy poppy sale to benefit veterans across the country. THe Buddy Poppy is only one inch across and looks beautiful as a lapel pin.


Trucker Awarded Highway Angel Lapel Pin

 The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has announced that Rodney L. Smith of Plant City, Fla., has been named its latest Highway Angel, and received a Hughway Angel lapel pin.

 Smith, who drives for FFE Transportation Services, Inc., of Lancaster, Texas, is being recognized for helping a toddler in trouble.

On Sept. 6, 2012, at about 4 a.m., Smith was on Dundee Road in Winter Haven, Fla., on his way to work, when he saw a small figure in the middle of the road. As he got closer, he realized it was a little boy wearing nothing but a loose-fitting diaper. Although it was not very cold, the boy was shivering, covered in mosquito bites and seemed scared. Smith brought the child into his vehicle, covered him with a jacket, and called the authorities. He then stayed with the child until police arrived and took over.



Breast Cancer Survivors Rock ‘I Earned My Pink’ Lapel Pin

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month where women are urged to get the proper screening and testing to avoid breast cancer. All across the nation men and women are sporting pink as an awareness ribbon to promote  breast cancer awareness.

But, there is another group out there – breast cancer survivors. Those brave souls who have fought the cancer demon and won. Now women who survived breast cancer are sporting a new kind of lapel pin – I earned my pink. These pins are a reminder to women of all ages to get their screening done and help prevent breast cancer by exercising and eating properly. 



October: Breast Cancer Awareness Lapel Pins


Breast Cancer awareness is one of the most important issues facing society today. Breast cancer, like many other forms of cancer, are highly treatable when caught at an early stage – and even preventable. October is breast cancer awareness month and everybody should be talking about it. The First Lady and Mrs. Romney both wore pink dresses at the town hall debate, the Empire State Building is lit up in pink etc. Now police officers and other law enforcement officials are starting to sport pink on their uniforms to raise awareness for breast cancer. Pink lapel pins are part of the Uniform in October. 



Lapel Pins Beg For Compassion for Animals


Two Lake Wylie residents hope neighbors will wear their hearts on their sleeves, or on any piece of clothing.

For 12 years, Carol Butler and Katherine Gillis have been rescuing cats and caring for feral felines. They’ve paid for spaying and neutering, and have kept the felines fed at about $60 per week.

“We, as individuals not an organization, have rescued and kept up to 60 animals,” Butler said. “We need help in our continuing efforts to feed, provide shelter and medical care for over 27 animals.

“It took a year to trap spay and neuter over 48 ferals, many of whom were sick and starving,” she said.”

Butler has considered starting nonprofit, but learned she’d have to be willing to take in new animals at her 1.4-acre home.

“I just wanted help taking care of 68 animals,” she said.

Now, Butler – a writer, artist and producer – has designed a lapel pin she’s calling a Compassion Pin.



Oldest Living Mason Awarded Lapel Pin

The pins Gus Kontras proudly wears on the lapel of his blue sport coat help tell his story — a story that is the American Dream.

The large gold lapel pin is new and designates the 99-year-old Kontras as Nebraska’s oldest living Master Mason. Kontras received the Gold Jordan Medal at a ceremony in July, an honor that he says “means a whole lot and is very sincere.”

He has been an active member of Lincoln Masonic Lodge 19 since he moved to the city in 1936. He has been the eldest member of this lodge since 2002 and also wears the Brown Jordon medal indicating this honor.

For a new businessman arriving in Lincoln 76 years ago, he found the Masons offered an opportunity for him to meet people and to serve his community.

“I was brought up to do more,” Kontras said, noting that he was attracted to the values of the Masons that include “to always be upright and to treat all my fellow members in a positive way.”

Bruce Wayne Lapel Pin A Hit With Superhero Geeks

While many geeks likely spend more time tweaking their avatars than contemplating their real world wardrobes, there are those among us who have a genuine interest in fashion. And though my workday garb often consists of chinos and polos – not to mention the traditional jeans-and-t-shirt nerd uniform I rock away from the office – there are times when a man needs a more formal ensemble.

When I first encountered Indochino’s Superhero Collection, I was thrilled. The designs themselves capture the dual nature of the comic book crime-fighter with strong, dark exterior colors masking vibrant linings. Further, the Indochino online purchase interface allows buyers to customize practically every facet of an order and even offers helpful hints to those unsure whether or not pleated pants are in. (Pro-tip: they most certainly are not.)