Red Ribbon Week began in 1988 in honor of DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was kidnapped and killed in Mexico in February of 1985. Agent Camarena, then 37, had uncovered a multi-billion dollar drug scam in which he suspected officers of the Mexican Army, police forces and government. As he left his office one day, five men appeared at his side and kidnapped him. His body was found one month later in a shallow grave; he had been tortured and beaten. (Above information was taken from this site:)
I have added a Red Ribbon Day Program as a presentation to do in schools this fall. If your school is interested in my coming to present this 45 minute program, or to help your school with its own program, drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) I’m presenting this in a school in Harlingen in October. It includes a motivational speech that presents the life story of this hero and many life-changing values he believed in that will help your young scholars to live drug free.
Here is a song I’ve written for this program. The working title is “Red Ribbon Day” though that might change. I will also try to get the song on iTunes as soon as possible. Let me know what you think of the lyrics.
Red Ribbon Day by Rickey E. Pittman
Today, I heard your story,
And my eyes were opened wide,
And though I never met you.
I know how hard you tried.
And the wind carries your ashes,
To the place where heroes go,
From the top of Signal Mountain,
To the borders of Old Mexico
Now red ribbons tell your story,
And honor your memory,
One man can make a difference,
I know you did for me.
Sometimes in the Valley,
A sad dark rooster cries,
Teaching us that it matters,
How you live and how you die.
You exposed all the lies,
The payoffs and the greed,
To bring down los narcos,
And for that, they made you bleed.