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.


92-Year-Old Awarded Snow Angel Lapel Pin

The Edmonton City Snow Angel Lapel Pin is awarded to good Samaritans who help fellow senior residents shovel their snow. Edmonton has a lot of serious snow storms every winter and shoveling the walkways and driveways is no easy feet for anyone, let alone seniors. The Edmonton City Council awards the snow angel lapel pin to residents who clear the way for seniors or the handicapped. The latest awardee is not only a snow angle, he is also 91 years old!

Andrew Nykilchuk is a beloved figure in his Edmonton neighborhood.

“I keep telling him he makes us look bad because he’s a senior and we’re the ones that are supposed to be doing this for him,” says a laughing Jessica Houle, one of the neighbours who nominated him.

“He tries to get out there first thing in the morning before we have a chance to get to it, or, if he knows that we run out the door in the morning and we don’t necessarily have time to do it right away, he’ll get it done during the day before we get back from work.”

We don’t think there is worthier recipient of a snow angle 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.



Quebec Premier Criticized Over Tribute Lapel Pin

The complaints Veterans have been making about Premier Pauline Marois have had an effect; On Friday she announced she will remove a fleur-de-lis pin she had been using to keep her poppy in place.

The Quebec premier has been wearing the tribute to soldiers this week, keeping it attached to her lapel with a small white fleur-de-lis pin, an accessory she was photographed wearing in the week leading up to June 24, the Fete Nationale du Quebec.

However some veterans who have seen photos and video of Marois wearing the poppy and pin said it is offensive, telling CTV reporter Camille Ross they fought for Canada, not just for one province.

A spokesperson told the Canadian Press that Marois was not trying to offend anyone, and she will remove the fleur de lis.

The provincial president of the Royal Canadian Legion, Margot Arsenault, said nothing should be used to keep a poppy attached except the pin it comes with.

“The poppy is the Royal Canadian Legion symbol and nothing is to be worn inside like a pin — whether it’s the Canadian flag or anything. We’re not supposed to,” Arsenault said.

The poppies are notorious for falling out, and Canadians often resort to something else to keep them attached. It is not uncommon to see people resorting to Canada flag lapel pins.

Arsenault said she sent a letter to the premier after receiving 30 complaints in one day about the fleur de lis pin.

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Lapel Pin May Be Behind Disappearance of Kim Jong-un’s Wife

Kim Jong-un’s young wife, Ri Sol Ju, was only revealed to the world in July, and the 23-year-old former singer is believed to have married Kim in secret earlier this year. However, South Korean media is full of reports that Ri is missing — prompting much speculation about her fate.

Seoul Daily reports that Ri hasn’t been seen in public for a month and NK News says that their own media monitoring reveals she hasn’t made any public appearances for 40 days.

While the Daily NK, a newspaper run from the South that is hostile to the North Korean government, reports that rumors in the country suggest Ri may be pregnant, more nefarious suggestions are also doing the rounds. cites other reports that suggest Ri may have “received a ban from public appearances for her failure to wear badges of the country’s former leaders on previous public occasions”.

The latest twist in Kim’s love life comes just weeks after reports the North Korean elite was trying to erase his wife’s pop star past.



Applebee’s to Hand Out ‘Thank You’ Lapel Pins to Veterans

On Veteran’s Day, current and former servicemen and women are invited to come to Applebee’s restaurants across the Rochester area for a free meal.

Veterans, and those on active duty with proof of United States military service, can choose one free entrée from Applebee’s Veteran’s Day menu. Additionally, the first 500 military personnel to visit a neighborhood Applebee’s restaurant will receive a commemorative “thank you” lapel pin. Pins are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

All Applebee’s locations across upstate New York and Connecticut will participate. Since the program’s inception in 2009, Applebee’s restaurants have served more than three million veterans and active duty military.



Senate Candidates Lapel Pins Convey Political Message


They answered some questions, dodged others. Promoted themselves, tore the other guy down. And just in case an hour of yapping onstage wasn’t enough to make their case, Timothy M. Kaine (D) and George Allen (R) said it with lapel pins.

Virginia’s two former governors and U.S. Senate hopefuls, polar opposites on most things, pursued strikingly similar suit-adornment strategies in Monday night’s debate: Each wore a pin meant to puncture the claims his opponent was floating about him.

Allen often accuses Kaine of supporting massive defense cuts, so Kaine fought back by sporting an American flag pin.

Kaine says Allen would deny women access to abortion, birth control and equal pay. Allen countered with a pink breast cancer bow.


Trade Mission to Exchange Lapel Pins


When trade missions get together, exchanging gifts is imperative. Mexican Mission representatives sometimes give expensive bottles of Tequila. Usually, though, the gifts are inexpensive trinkets. Oregon’s trade mission, headed by Gov. John Kitzhaber, will hand out lapel pins this year, leaving an imprint and a solidarity message way after they leave the host country, Japan. It once again reiterates the importance of lapel pins as a gift and a commemorative item that will leave an impression for a long time. 



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.