Saturday, July 30th, a couple of us were honored to attend and participate in “Back the Blue – Blue Ribbon Tying”, an annual event hosted by Amanda DeVries and Moe Dixon in Kingman, Arizona, supporting our Law Enforcement community. Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs), friends, family members, and supporters met at Lewis Kingman Park, and then went to designated places around the city, tying an estimated 6,000 blue ribbons in approved areas, symbolizing support, honor, respect and love for officers.

As you can see from these photographs, this is an inspired bunch of people; people who undoubtedly will inspire other people and communities to host similar events of their own; people who will spark a positive attitude and enthusiasm for a terrific and brave group of people in many communities: the wonderful people who keep us safe- the men and women in Law Enforcement.

We encountered many people in the community today who inspired us and helped us understand that the number of people who support, honor and respect Law Enforcement officers, far outweighs the number of people who would do them harm. We believe light overcomes darkness; positivity trumps negativity and that we all have opportunities each day to shine our lights. What we hope Amanda, Moe, all the other wonderful Law Enforcement wives, and all Law Enforcement family members realize is this: We stand together and no Law Enforcement Officer is ever alone- there are countless numbers of people who love, honor and stand beside them.

We heard words spoken today- words we will never forget. Renai Hill, the owner of 66 Auto Sales, said, when we explained what Amanda and Moe had organized, “That’s great! Tie ribbons anywhere you want!” and then proceeded to tie one herself on a pole within the perimeter of her car lot. Patrick, and John- employees, and a couple of customers at the local Circle K Arizona; Gary, Store Manager at the Tractor Supply Co. (not a surprise of course! He is a very positive influence in our community); Lotti Benker and friends, (two legged included) from HALT - Help Animals Lives Today - a local animal sanctuary; Jim, Store Manager at the 99 Cent Only Store; Members of the Cowboy Church of Mohave County; Park Rangers, Diana and Robert, who, as you will see in one photo, tied a ribbon on their golf cart. Diana’s father served in Law Enforcement in Los Angeles. Her father was shot while on duty, recovered, and then later on a domestic violence call, was struck with an axe. It is extremely important to remember what our courageous Law Enforcement officers encounter on a daily basis; the dangers they face. Then add the stress put upon the family and friends who know they are placing themselves in harm’s way. LEOs and their families deserve our respect, our honor and our support. Each of these people within our community were proud and honored to show their support for all Law Enforcement Officers and their families.

There’s so many more. Amber from Ma & Pa's Hot Rod Cafe (and the whole staff there was in support), and check out the photo of Harry, from Los Angeles Police Department, here for a national softball tournament with his Torrance, California family at Centennial Park. Harry insisted a Mohave County Positive Change Agents volunteer to be included in the photo. There’s Alex and Lety from Bullhead City at one of the tables- showing their support, and Steve, from Thousand Oaks, California.

Other families we encountered cheerfully participated in showing support, and we caught them on camera, because despite the fact they were in a hurry to get to their game, they were proud for the opportunity to show their genuine support. One gentleman noted that he was from San Diego, and said sadly, “We recently lost one of ours” – referring to one of the fallen officers. He asked if he could tie a blue ribbon on his wrist so that later he could encourage others to support all Law Enforcement Officers.

When you are out and about in town, and see some of the blue ribbons, please pause and reflect on all courageous Law Enforcement personnel and their families. Pray for them. Be grateful

Saturday, July 30th, a couple of us were honored to attend and participate in “Back the Blue – Blue Ribbon Tying”, an annual event hosted by Amanda DeVries and Moe Dixon in Kingman, Arizona, supporting our Law Enforcement community. Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs), friends, family members, and supporters met at Lewis Kingman Park, and then went to designated places around the city, tying an estimated 6,000 blue ribbons in approved areas, symbolizing support, honor, respect and love for officers.

As you can see from these photographs, this is an inspired bunch of people; people who undoubtedly will inspire other people and communities to host similar events of their own; people who will spark a positive attitude and enthusiasm for a terrific and brave group of people in many communities: the wonderful people who keep us safe- the men and women in Law Enforcement.

We encountered many people in the community today who inspired us and helped us understand that the number of people who support, honor and respect Law Enforcement officers, far outweighs the number of people who would do them harm. We believe light overcomes darkness; positivity trumps negativity and that we all have opportunities each day to shine our lights. What we hope Amanda, Moe, all the other wonderful Law Enforcement wives, and all Law Enforcement family members realize is this: We stand together and no Law Enforcement Officer is ever alone- there are countless numbers of people who love, honor and stand beside them.

We heard words spoken today- words we will never forget. Renee’, the owner of 66 Auto Sales, said, when we explained what Amanda and Moe had organized, “That’s great! Tie ribbons anywhere you want!” and then proceeded to tie one herself on a pole within the perimeter of her car lot. Patrick, and John- employees, and a couple of customers at the local Circle K Arizona; Gary, Store Manager at the Tractor Supply Co. (not a surprise of course! He is a very positive influence in our community); Lotti Benker and friends, (two legged included) from HALT - Help Animals Lives Today - a local animal sanctuary; Jim, Store Manager at the 99 Cent Only Store; Members of the Cowboy Church of Mohave County; Park Rangers, Diana and Robert, who, as you will see in one photo, tied a ribbon on their golf cart. Diana’s father served in Law Enforcement in Los Angeles. Her father was shot while on duty, recovered, and then later on a domestic violence call, was struck with an axe. It is extremely important to remember what our courageous Law Enforcement officers encounter on a daily basis; the dangers they face. Then add the stress put upon the family and friends who know they are placing themselves in harm’s way. LEOs and their families deserve our respect, our honor and our support. Each of these people within our community were proud and honored to show their support for all Law Enforcement Officers and their families.

There’s so many more. Amber from Ma & Pa's Hot Rod Cafe (and the whole staff there was in support), and check out the photo of Harry, from Los Angeles Police Department, here for a national softball tournament with his Torrance, California family at Centennial Park. Harry insisted a Mohave County Positive Change Agents volunteer to be included in the photo. There’s Alex and Lety from Bullhead City at one of the tables- showing their support, and Steve, from Thousand Oaks, California.

Other families we encountered cheerfully participated in showing support, and we caught them on camera, because despite the fact they were in a hurry to get to their game, they were proud for the opportunity to show their genuine support. One gentleman noted that he was from San Diego, and said sadly, “We recently lost one of ours” – referring to one of the fallen officers. He asked if he could tie a blue ribbon on his wrist so that later he could encourage others to support all Law Enforcement Officers.

When you are out and about in town, and see some of the blue ribbons, please pause and reflect on all courageous Law Enforcement personnel and their families. Pray for them. Be grateful.

 Back the Blue 

Hosted by Amanda DeVries and Moe Dixon