LOGAN, W.Va. – The month of October has been proclaimed both National Breast Cancer Awareness month and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In observance and support of these two important public issues, the The Logan Banner will be displaying pink and purple flags throughout the month of October.
The pink ribbon will be displayed on the front page on every publication throughout October in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Maurer Foundation, “The pink ribbon, the feminine color so chosen to symbolize health, has become synonymous with breast cancer awareness. The global awareness that has been raised through the pink ribbon has helped increase early detection of breast cancer, make women more aware of the importance of doing regular breast self-examinations, and increase funds directed toward finding a cure. The pink ribbon means health, vitality and empowerment of women.”
The purple ribbon will also be displayed on the front page of every publication throughout October in support of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the National Domestic Violence Awareness Project website, “Over the years, a number of sources have been credited with originating the use of the purple ribbon as a unifying symbol of courage, survival, honor and dedication to ending domestic violence. Although the exact history of the purple ribbon is difficult to pinpoint across the country, families and friends of victims have adopted the purple ribbon to remember and honor their loved ones who have lost their lives at the hands of a person they once loved and trusted. Shelters and local victim services programs use the purple ribbon to raise awareness about the crime of domestic violence in their communities.”
Publisher Ed Martin commented on the decision to change the Banner throughout the month of October. Martin stated, “Both of these are important issues to our community. Anything we can do to raise awareness to the circumstances surrounding these two issues is important.”
Editor Kyle Lovern also provided comment in support of the pink and purple Banner stating, “I’m proud that all our publications can support these two important causes by changing our Banner throughout the month of October.”
For more information on Breast Cancer Awareness visit http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/.
For more information on Domestic Violence Awareness visit http://www.nrcdv.org.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)