Blue Light Special for Holiday Decorations

Like a lot of people, I start putting up the winter/holiday decorations after Thanksgiving (unlike most retailers, but that’s a different story altogether). So as I’m thinking about whether or not to make any changes from last year, I came across an article in the Tennessean about Project Blue Light which encourages people to include blue lights in their holiday decorations to show support for law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty as well as current officers.

The project is sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), a national nonprofit group that supports over 15,000 surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Locally, the effort is endorsed by the Tennessee Highway Patrol which, according to the Tennessean, encourages people to participate as a way to thank officers for keeping neighborhoods and roadways safe.

So, I’m thinking, “This is an interesting idea.” I certainly would like to express my appreciation to local law enforcement officers who have assisted me on several occasions this past year. But how can I integrate some blue lights into my decorations without it looking hokey? And I’m also wondering whether or not this will turn into another “yellow ribbon” campaign where it becomes so commonplace that it loses it’s meaning.

Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions on this? Is this something you would do?

3 Comments so far

  1. Ceeelcee (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 8:57 am

    Put `em all over your porch in lieu of an ADT sign. Move the miscreants on down the road.

    It’s like all the FOP stickers I had on the bumper of my truck until the Teamsters took over as the official negotiating arm of the force. It never hurts to show support for the boys (and girls) in blue.


  2. Holly (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 12:03 pm

    This sounds like a great idea!

    Also, the Teamsters are not the bargaining agent for the Metro PD anymore. They lost the election during the recent scandal where they put illegal surveillance equipment in a youth camp. The FOP is the official bargaining agent again.


  3. Jared (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

    Well, you could just convert….we put up blue lights for Hanukkah all the time. :-)

    Kidding aside….I like the idea but question wether or not they could have come up with something more original. For instance, if you want to buy something for the holidays to help support the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund – check out http://www.nleomf.com/html/category/13.html.



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