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In America, a country that owes much of its freedom to military service members, there is no better way to honor veterans and show support than by donning silicone wristbands. Military veterans come from a number of branches, including the Air Force, Navy, Army, Marines and U.S. Coast Guard. The men and women who service in these military units risk their lives on a daily basis to protect the U.S. Constitution and those freedoms bestowed upon American civilians.

To help support U.S. troops, a number of silicone wristbands have been introduced, including:

  • “Freedom Isn’t Free” – This wristband makes Americans remember that military members sacrifice their lives to maintain U.S. freedoms.
  • “God Bless the U.S.A.” – Denoting a special place for God in the lives of our country, this custom band proudly displays red, white and blue.
  • “POW * MIA” – This sadly highlights the fact that a military member is being held as a Prisoner of War (POW) or is Missing In Action (MIA).
  • “Support Our Troops” – This comes in a variety of colors, although the most popular is yellow, as this is indicative of the yellow ribbon support that was commonly displayed during the 1990 to 1991 Gulf War or Operation Desert Storm.

Military silicone bands are a great way to honor and support troops. Rubber bracelets allow:

  • Citizens to show support for America’s troops.
  • Names and badge numbers can easily be printed on memory bands.
  • Military bands offer motivational benefits, reminding people about those sacrificing their lives for U.S. freedoms.
  • Military wristbands offer a silent, yet public, salute to U.S. soldiers.
  • Wristbands can help motivate a new generation of military service members and also allows children of service members to display pride in their parents’ military service.

Reminderband works with customers to help create unique, custom bracelets. These one-of-a-kind designs can highlight certain military branches, wars, times of conflict, those who scarified their lives for our country and much more. With excellent pricing and speedy delivery, these types of bands are great for community awareness events, especially those in military towns. Customers can view Reminderband’s unique photo gallery, which highlights their silicone bands’ quality, vivid colors and masterful graphic skills.

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Valerie Scott’s Story: Lung Cancer, Not Just for Smokers

Valerie Scott is a non-smoker and she was diagnosed with phase 4 lung cancer. Scientists are saying radon could be the culprit.

Radon. A naturally-occurring gas that comes from the decay of uranium in soil and water. It seeps up through the ground and collects in buildings. You can’t see it, smell it or taste it so it’s impossible to know it’s there until you test for it.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates it kills at least 20,000 people every year. That makes it the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarettes — more dangerous than second-hand smoke. – Mike Headrick and Linda Williams. (KSL)

We have been touched by the honest story of a vibrant grandma longing to see her grandson grow up. We created glow-in-the-dark, leopard-printed wristbands and cancer bracelets that read “Lick it! Lung Cancer”, with hope that her family, friends and acquaintances will always be reminded of the battle Valerie is fighting.

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The first silicone wristbands that were introduced to America were in 2004 and were the distinct yellow “Livestrong” rubber wristbands that were a global symbol for defeating cancer and essentially, living strong. Since that time, silicone bracelets have become a favorite among kids, teens, young adults and adults worldwide. Why has this phenomenon become so popular?

  • These bracelets are made from natural silicone rubber. They are elastic, not easily broken, are not susceptible to high temperatures and have an easy wear-ability factor.
  • Awareness bracelets are unscented and virtually harmless. Silicone is known as being environmentally friendly, making it an excellent choice for people in today’s environmentally conscious world.
  • Silicone wristbands are often associated with promotional activities, organized events, music concerts and sports. In fact, as a blank canvas, promotional band wristbands can convey a number of meanings, pledges, saying and mottos.
  • Many corporate conglomerates have used silicone wristbands to advertise products. This includes McDonalds, Puma and even Nike.
  • As wristbands are fashionable but inexpensive, it makes them extremely cost-efficient to mass-produce. This is why these types of advertising mediums are such an excellent option for non-profit organizations looking for fun fundraising tools.

While silicone wristbands have developed into modernized jewelry that offers an ideal vessel for advertising, bracelets dates back to 5,000 B.C. Egyptians made bracelets from stones, bones and woods and they often served spiritual and religious interests. The traditional scarab bracelet was the most popular, representing regeneration and rebirth. In fact, Russian archaeologists found several artifacts, including a bracelet, and when carbon tested dated to 40,000 B.P.

Eventually bracelets evolved into using whatever materials and metals were convenient, including weaving string together to form bracelets, which was a common tradition in Bulgaria and Greece. In India, the number of bracelet bangles often denotes a woman’s martial status and in Latin America, the traditional Azabache Bracelets are worn to offer protection against the evil eye.

There are a number of bracelet styles, including charm bracelets, bangles, slap bracelets, beaded bracelets, link bracelets, alternative health bracelets and sports bracelets. The latter is most often associated with silicone wristbands.

Reminderband offers a wide variety of colorful customized wristbands, perfect for companies, organizations, school, non-profit organizations, cancer bracelets, daycares, fundraisers and awareness causes.

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Silicone wristbands afford a blank canvas, giving organizations and charities the opportunity to advertise their causes. Additionally, silicone bracelets are also used for pledges, helping motivate people to promote causes, ideologies and action campaigns.

Some of the most popular awareness bracelets campaigns include:

  • Bossier City, Louisiana is promoting a campaign by The Prevent Distracted Driving Association. They are offering green and orange wristbands to promote pledges to stop texting while driving. They are striving to create more awareness about deadly driving habits.
  • Rock Church in Point Loma, San Diego offers red wristbands that say “Wired for Love” and are distributed to parishioners that have taken a purity pledge.
  • Save Taiji Dolphins – This is a new campaign that highlights the need to save these dolphins, donating the proceeds to the Otsuchi Relief Fund.
  • 10 Days of Real Food helps people learn how to eat healthy, asking them to pledge 10 days to learn new menu options and healthy food techniques.
  • Kansas City, Missouri is home to the Christ Church Unity. They distribute purple rubber wristbands that state “A Complaint Free World.” If people begin complaining, they’re supposed to switch the bracelet to the other wrist and start over. The premise is simple: it generally takes 21 days to make or break a habit and a complaint-free world offers more positive energy.
  • Pledge 4 Success bands help promotes environmental friendliness. This green band is supposed to help remind people to recycle, plant trees, feed the hungry, turn off lights, help flood victims, smile at strangers and help support worldwide democracy and freedom.
  • Green Giant, the vegetable company, even offered “One Giant Pledge” wristbands to help keep people eating healthy vegetables to form better daily diet routines.
  • The “I Will Graduate” wristband campaign helps discourage high school students from dropping out of school.
  • “I Pledge Unity” is an orange wristband that helps provide donations for the Oak Creek Gurdwara community.
  • The “Recycle Today Save Tomorrow” campaign is geared towards environmental friendliness.
  • The Anti-Captivity PSA pledges to support boycotting products that are made from kangaroo.
  • The “Readers are Leaders” is a silicone bracelet message that highlights the importance of reading for children, helping pave a successful literary path for the next generation.

Reminderband works with a number of organizations, companies, businesses and non-profit groups to help create unique personalized silicone bracelets. These bracelets are excellent for any type of action or cause that needs public attention. As they are easy to mass-produce, productions costs are typically low, allowing fundraising efforts to be even more successful.

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Silicone wristbands are great for school special events and student field trips. They offer a form of unique identification, easily classifying students by teacher, grade, bus group, etc. They are also great for admission to school events, such as homecomings, proms, graduation, dances, sporting events, band concerts and more.

Personalized silicone bracelets allow a blank canvas to be turned into a mini-billboard. Whether it’s displaying school pride, custom messages, character building tools and anti-drug reinforcement campaigns. Wristbands also offer an excellent means for identification, helping children remember their teacher’s name, class room location and even bus number.

Wristbands can also be part of a reward system, which can include excellent attendance records, honor roll, student of the month, etc. This also offers motivation for other students to succeed in class, as silicone bands are a trendy accessory. They are also excellent for award levels, helping kids achieve fitness levels, tests and rewarding reading improvement and math skills.

Students can also wear wristbands not only on their wrists, but also on their shoes or backpacks. Popular advertising campaigns at schools include Red Ribbon Week, National Turn Off TV week and fundraising campaigns.

Schools can also use brightly colored custom bands to help identify school visitors, allowing the administrator to issue wristbands upon visitor check-in and allowing for easy identification with security guards and teachers.

Schools can also use fundraiser bracelets imprinted with serial numbers for raffles and contests. It affords a lasting memento and is more environmentally friendly than traditional paper raffle tickets.

Motivational wristbands are a great way to help kids feel more engaged and part of a group, team-building experience. Motivational messages offer guiding principles, leadership, communication, pride, persistence and promote positive attitudes. These bands raise positive thinking awareness for children, helping them realize they can do something and are able to achieve goals.

Team spirit wristbands help promote school spirit between adults, kids, young adults and teenagers. They can be sold within local communities to promote school activities, events and community involvement.

Reminderband offers a variety of silicone wristbands, including debossed, plain, custom colors, debossed tire, plain tire, Phat-style, multi-color, marbleized, silkscreen, golf-style, three stripes and two stripes. They work with customers to create unique, custom silicone wristbands, perfect for any type of school activities.

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Annual Friendship Day is the first Sunday in August and serves to celebrate the treasures of friendship. Typically, this involves small gift exchanges and pleasant greetings thanking people for being good friends. But why wait until August to celebrate friendship? Reminderband offers some great ideas to celebrate friendship this month, which coincides with Valentine’s Day.

  • Friendship Bracelets – In the 1980s and 1990s, teenagers would often make colorful friendship bracelets using embroidery threads. Today, this has been replaced with silicone wristbands, which offers a perfect medium for conveying heart-felt messages. These silicone bracelets can be dressed up for everyday wear and trendy, fun occasions.
  • Notes and Messages – Passing along a simple “thanks” for friendship doesn’t have to be complicated. People can consider the following means of offering sincere, heartfelt support and thanks.
    • FaceBook is a great way to reach out to friends. Consider posting a classic photograph or video link to a favorite song to cheer up a friend.
    • Twitter offers the ability for short messages, so tweeting a brief message thanking someone for being a great friend, is an excellent idea.
    • Old-fashioned letters are always appreciated so buying a cute card of thanks and best wishes is a great way to express gratitude. Consider writing moving, yet brief thanks that includes “You’re such a great friend,” “I appreciate you,” or “Our talks are the highlight of my week!”
    • Consider putting special memories in a small mason jar so a friend can pull out one a week, offering lasting memories all year long.
  • Small Gifts – Gifts don’t need to be expensive to make a lasting memory. A small, thoughtful gift makes a bigger impact than one that is pricey. Some excellent ideas include:
    • Frame a picture of the two of you that a friend can keep on his/her desk as a memento.
    • Memory journals are a great way to document favorite memories and silly moments.
    • If a friend has a favorite cookie, candy or treat, wrap it in tissue paper and either mail it to him/her or deliver it in person.
  • Spending Time Together – There is no substitute for spending quality time together – away from texts, emails and social media – as this is a great way to catch up one-on-one. Whether it’s going to a coffee shop, an afternoon of shopping or going on a skydiving adventure, this is a great way to bond.
  • Spirit of Friendship – Keeping the spirit of friendship throughout the year is important. Nurturing friends, quickly resolving any potential conflicts and spending time together helps facilitate a happy, healthy life.
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Today’s modern advertising silicone bracelet vessel began with the Lance Armstrong Foundation raising cancer survivor awareness by selling yellow silicone wristbands in 2004. Selling for $1 each, this promotional campaign generated $80 million in donations. The advantage of this campaign was touching a wide demographic, including breaking age barriers, income groups, cultures and geographies – ultimately reaching people everywhere.

In essence, this successful cancer awareness campaign has been emulated, copied and praised, ultimately helping raise awareness for other causes, events, organizations, businesses, etc.

While the idea of advertising on bracelets was not new with the Lance Armstrong Foundation, it was popular in the flower power 1970’s era where people wore metal wristbands to remember those Americans who were imprisoned in Southeast Asia, due to America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

Now wristbands have become a common, inexpensive advertising medium, helping promote concepts, including Christianity, animal welfare, support for military troops, disaster relief efforts, college sports teams, anti-hunger campaigns, disease awareness, anti-racism measures and anti-bullying.

In fact, many high schools and churches utilize silicone bands as colorful fashion accessories to advertise friendship and school spirit. With America’s economy decreasing, more awareness campaigns are centered on public consciousness. In fact, this was evident with the “Occupy Wall Street Movement,” as eBay offers a minimum of six different colors of personalized silicone bracelets that support this cause.

Additionally, experts agree that custom silicone bracelets are not simply a fad, but have made their mark on society, both in America and globally. When comedians, such as Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, begin to mock this successful advertising phenomenon, it’s confirmation that it’s made it mark on the public. In 2007, Colbert attempted to sell “WristStrong” bands, helping raise awareness for what he termed the, “Epidemic of wrist violence,” in response to him breaking his wrist. It was all in good fun, as Colbert reportedly donated all the proceeds from his hotly debated bracelet to the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which helps offer support for injured military service members.

Other successful promotional wristband campaigns have included the American Heart Association using a red-dress logo and its “Go Red for Women” campaign, in addition to the Susan G. Komen pink ribbon for breast cancer support.

Silicone wristbands and cancer bracelets are a part of our society and culture and have become synonymous with supporting causes, raising awareness and offering support for those in need. Reminderband works with customers to create unique silicone bands, including customizing colors and messages.

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We all have unique stories, circumstances and challenges. At Reminderband we strive to help you share them with the ones you love or help you gain support. We want to hear your stories! Please submit your unique tale in the comments below.

We will choose a story at random to create a custom wristband for to help them share their tale! Also, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to see the winner! Contest will run until Valentine’s Day (February 14th).

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More than just an accessorized statement, wristbands are rapidly gaining in popularity. Comfortable, durable and easily customizable, personal and business advertising options are virtually endless.

Silicone wristbands are excellent for the following types of events:

  • Fundraising – Whether it’s for a club, team, cause or school, advertising fundraising efforts on a silicone band is an excellent attention-grabbing platform. Reminderband offers a number of color choices, making these promotional bands even more personalized for certain events, including breast cancer fundraisers (pink), animal rights support events (blue), cancer awareness events (yellow) and even AIDS support (red).
  • Sporting Events – Whether it’s a high school, university, semi-professional or professional sports team, custom wristbands help promote comradery and team spirit. These wristbands are easy to customize and are excellent for school events, music event, marketing, organizational events and even church events.
  • Family Gatherings – Silicone wristbands are excellent for remembering important family events, such as weddings, reunions, anniversaries, homecomings, birthday parties, farewells, etc. They can also be used for celebration of life ceremonies, helping commemorate and remember someone’s life before passing on.
  • Spiritual Activities – Silicone wristbands are rapidly becoming a popular advertising medium for churches, helping people express their personal religious believes outwardly. These bands can easily be customized to accommodate special phrases, religious holidays, scriptures and important religious principles.
  • Corporate Branding – A great way to promote product lines and brand launches, bulk wristbands can help increase awareness in a friendly, fun and fashion-forward way. Advertising by using promotional bands can also increase brand slogan and icon recognition, helping further propel corporate sales.
  • Holidays – Wristbands are also popular around the holidays, helping spread messages of good cheer for Fourth of July, Halloween, Christmas, New Year’s Valentine’s Day and Easter. Popular slogans include “Just Say Merry Christmas” and “Keep Christ in Christmas.”

Reminderband, a silicone wristband veteran in the industry, works with customers to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. They offer a variety of wristbands, including debossed, plain, custom color, debossed tire, plain tire, Phat, multi-color, marbleized, silkscreen, golf, three stripes and two stripes. They specialize in helping customers who are looking to advertise the following types of events: fundraising, memorials, military, awareness, causes, religious, family, sports, schools, business, corporations, groups and community activities.

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Silicone wristbands are used for a wide variety of purposes. In addition to serving personal, business, or charity functions, wristbands are also used by government personnel for government-related projects, causes, or concerns.

Custom bands are used by government officials to support community programs sponsored by state, regional, or federal government. Examples of this can include youth outreach programs such as runaway or homeless youth intervention programs or programs that address issues such as substance abuse, domestic violence, or access to health and disease prevention. The wristbands can be used to inspire members of outreach programs and community members in order to both raise awareness and encourage a sense of self-empowerment among those affected by difficult conditions.

Other government uses of wristbands might include military or veteran support or support for various issues concerning the military; wristbands could also be used to support public service teams such as the police department, or firefighters.

Wristbands are also often used to make political statements. Politicians may use wristbands to assert the causes they support within the government they serve. This can include a bill that is being debated or a policy that is already signed into law and being lobbied.

Everyday citizens can also make powerful political statements. In this case, wearing silicone bands with a political message is a way of asserting what your position is on a controversial issue – similar to the classic bumper sticker or car window decal. Wristbands can be used as part of voting campaigns or other campaigns. Political wristbands can also serve to create dialogue around an issue.

Reminderband has many options for customizing your versatile silicone wristbands to serve your political campaign or youth program. Just give us a call or check out the order form on our website.

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