White Ribbons for Peace and Hope

The white ribbons around town are a symbol of love and remembrance

Updated as of Dec. 7 at 5:55 a.m.:

The tight-knit community of Dublin is hanging white ribbons throughout town.

The ribbons, which started appearing on Dec. 2, symbolize "peace and hope" and are part of a movement on a Facebook page being promoted by Colleen Greer Pearson of Dublin.

Pearson posted on Facebook:

"Please join me in adorning our community with LOVE, PEACE and HOPE by putting a white ribbon or white fabric bow on any pole, tree or mailbox that lines the street. This is such a tough time for Dublin Ranch Families.. This is a non invasive way of showing our love. What a sight it will be to see white bows line the streets of Dublin Ranch. United we love, care and support!  Thank you. Please pass this on."

The Dublin community is trying to cope with the very recent loss of , and many are tying the white ribbons in remembrance of him. No information has been released regarding Starrett's death.

Pearson said she started the white ribbon movement to support all in Dublin who are suffering.

"As a community we just wanted to do something," said Greer. "I hope people can find peace."

Patch reader Kerrie Chabot wrote:

"My students will make 150 ribbons today for Colleen to distribute  at the City Council meeting tonight in Dublin. Residents are encouraged to put these ribbons on their mailboxes or trees in remembrance."


Patch reader Denise Holt says that at 6 p.m. there will be a moment of silence for Starrett and the handing out of hundreds of white ribbons for Dublin residents to take home and display.

Update from Facebook on Dec. 5:

Pearson wrote:

Over 600 White Bows for Peace & Hope have been made..the number does not reflect all the White Bows you have placed in our neighborhoods. This effort was brought to the attention of City Council last evening, where everyone in attendance left with white bows. It was awesome! Many mentioned they have seen the "White Bows" and are in support of Peace and Hope for this All American City. Let's keep it up..we are making a difference and bringing awareness to a much needed cause, the precious youth of this community. Next in the works is making this annual!

On Dec. 5, Pearson posted on Facebook that a "white out" is happening in town.

I have filled the "White Bow" basket 2xs today. This is great! Please keep hanging white bows. Many schools are getting involved too. A "White out" in Dublin. Thanks to you all.

Have you seen the white ribbons?

EC December 16, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Rich, no I haven't heard anything. It appears that the familiy would like this to remain private which I respect.
AEC December 22, 2012 at 07:14 AM
What happened is irrelevant. The cause is a family and community coming together to mourn a loss of a brother and a friend. Everyone in our town has grown close to each other over the last 10 years. Steven was apart of this community and whether an activist or not, touched lives of his peers and mentors. The ribbons represent hope to the people in pain and life for us to cherish this Christmas. There need not be a "cause" but a will to be apart of a tight knit community. So put up a ribbon in representation of your support.
Rich December 24, 2012 at 03:20 AM
It actually is relevant AEC. Somebody is asking the community to rally and "come together" for a cause. Yet does not tell us what the cause is. Will not put up a ribbon until I know what the heck is going on.
AEC December 29, 2012 at 08:19 PM
The details on how Steven died should not be the reason whether you choose to participate or not. Understand the definition of community and then make a decision. You do not have to be involved no one asked for it as a requirement. "Everything happens for a reason, but to question the truth of why will only leave you more perplexed than you were before. Live, love, and bring hope to those who are broken." -Anonymous
Rich December 29, 2012 at 10:26 PM
AEC - I certainly understand the definition of community. I also understand the definition of whitewash. I'm troubled by middle school cheerleaders wearing ribbons in their hair for a cause that nobody will define. I am sure they did not know what they were supporting. The circumstances of Steven's death are completely relevant. It is a fact of life that we treat deaths caused by natural disaster, natural causes, accidents, and criminal acts differently. Until somebody comes clean with the community we all need to look at this "cause" with a skepticism.


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