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.



Past & Present: Lapel Pins in Fashion

I decided to wear my navy blue suit to the State of the University speech last week and found my long-owned circle pin pinned to the left lapel of the jacket. I wondered: Who gave me the pin? When did I receive it? Are circle pins around (no pun intended) anymore? Do they have a history? What about other jewelry pieces in the velvet-lined music box? I have not seen circle pins, tie clasps, cuff links, or cameos for a while.

Today’s lapel pins tend to be much larger than the “circles” or the Celtic-knots of yore but they are interesting, too, and undoubtedly have tales to tell. I was fascinated with the beautiful pins that our first female United States Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, wore. She wrote a book, Read My Pins (2005?) that I hope to read sometime. Mrs. Albright said that in her collection of over 200 pins, many were not necessarily expensive. However, one special pin, presented to her by a gentleman whose wife had perished in the floods spawned by Katrina, moved her to tears. The man told Ms. Albright that he thought that his wife would have wanted her to have it.


Olympic Pins Make Trip To Space

The STS-101 mission came a few months before the start of the 2000 Summer Olympics held in Sydney, Australia. To pay tribute to the international nature of the Games, the shuttle’s crewmates carried a banner for the Olympics and a replica of the 2000 Sydney Torch.But the flag and flameless beacon weren’t the only items commemorating the Olympics that were on board Atlantis. Stowed inside a locker was a small package of souvenirs for the Summer Games set to take place 12 years into the future — though not in London.
Space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on May 19, 2000, on a 10-day mission to the International Space Station. Aboard the orbiter were supplies for the nascent complex, which at the time comprised just two of its eventual 12 modules.

Houston, (can) we have an Olympics?

Every NASA space shuttle mission carried a small pouch of souvenirs, called the Official Flight Kit, or OFK, packed with mementos to thank the NASA employees and outside organizations who helped make the mission possible.

The space agency would also sometimes use the OFK to fly items for outreach projects and for groups supporting the local communities around NASA centers, such as the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

As Atlantis orbited high above the Earth, Houston was in the running to be the U.S. Olympic Committee’s bid city to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing against New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.-Baltimore.

(Ultimately, the U.S. committee selected the Big Apple — Houston was eliminated in 2002 — but New York City lost out to London when the International Olympic Committee voted in 2005.)

NASA, in support of bringing the Olympics to Houston — home of Mission Control and the U.S. astronaut corps — launched aboard Atlantis 1,000 lapel pins for the Houston 2012 Foundation. The organization described its role as “to identify, package and communicate the reasons why Houston is the best place for the 2012 Olympic Games.”

The lapel pins were the shape of the space shuttle orbiter with the foundation’s stylized Texas flag torch logo at their center. Under the red, white and blue torch was inscribed, “Houston 2012.”

After Atlantis returned to Earth, the pins, which circled the planet 155 times and traveled 4.1 million miles (7.6 million kilometers), were returned to the Houston 2012 Foundation for distribution to its members and supporters.

The Art Of Lapel Pin Politics

Pins, pins, pins everywhere. Lapel Pins are at the forefront in political corridors across the globe. Pins to support cancer research, the Olympics, or a myriad of other causes, politicians are boasting a colorful array of lapel pins. In the US presidential election lapel pins are a major discussion point.


Pin doctors: The art of ‘lapel politics’

“The obligation to wear stars-and-stripes pins after 9/11 was such that Barack Obama was called out several years later, in 2007, when he ditched his on the presidential campaign trail. “My attitude is that I’m less concerned about what you’re wearing …”

US Olympic Team Uniforms & Lapel Pins Are Made In China

As more and more American companies are outsourcing theor production to China, it is disheartening to learn that the new olympic uniforms and lapel pins for are made in China. The following article claims that it is not as bad as it sounds. Even though the actual production is in China, the brains and engineering are in the USA. What’s more, the Russian Olympic team will wear Nike Shoes, located in Oregon, US.


Clothing issue misses point on US Olympic team

“Among my proudest keepsakes is an official Fort Worth Star-Telegram Olympic pin, commissioned specially for the 2004 Athens Games. Pins are the time-honored currency at an Olympics. A flashy pin — ours had five steers romping across the front in the …”


Ralph Lauren Debuts 2012 Team USA Uniforms With Lapel Pin

The USA Olympic Opening Ceremony Uniforms from Ralph Lauren are what you would expect them to be – classy, and make you want to break out in a Lee Greenwood song. They also feauture a beautifully crafted USA Olympic circles lapel pin. There’s only one way to show your patriotism – wear it over your heart – and Ralph Lauren has done that beautifully.

PHOTO: Ralph Lauren debuts 2012 Team USA opening ceremony uniforms

“And if you’ve wondered if you could plug select Olympic athletes into a Ralph Lauren fashion shoot and never notice the difference, the answer is clearly yes. (As an aside: between the unfortunate Clay’s appearances in multiple pre-Olympic promotional … (blog)”


Honoring the civilians of the US armed forces

Lapel pins are an optimal way of showcasing the contribution of civilans of the US armed forces. These honorees will proudly display their courage over their hearts as a reminder to them – and to others – that we can all make a difference.


Command-wide family honors Army’s 237th birthday

“To make the day even more special, members of the civilian work force command-wide were presented with the new SMDC civilian lapel pins. The new civilian …Theredstonerocket”


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