Warring knights were given ribbons by their lady loves and Tony Orlando asked us to tie a yellow ribbon around the old oak tree but the origin of the modern awareness ribbon is not exactly clear. It is believed that 1991 was the year that began the trend that we know today. That year celebrities wore red ribbons to the Tony Awards to bring attention to the AIDS epidemic that was sweeping the country. They made no announcement and so the press was left in the dark as to the meaning until the awards were over. The mystery drove the press and created quite a buzz. The following year the ribbon phenomenon exploded and was even dubbed The Year of The Ribbon. That year the red ribbon came to symbolize AIDS awareness and Susan G Komen began using the well recognized pink ribbon for breast cancer. Today we recognize the ribbon as a symbol of awareness for a multitude of causes. Regardless of the cause that is closest to your heart, we hope you enjoy our ribbon crystal template.