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01 Jun '24

Mourning Bands and Bars: A Guide to Honoring Fallen Heroes

The somber tradition of wearing mourning bands or bars is a powerful way to honor fallen first responders, military personnel, and community members. But with so many options available, how do you choose the right one? This guide explores the various types, sizes, colors, and styles to help you find the perfect tribute.

Understanding Mourning Bands and Bars

  • Mourning Bands: These are typically elastic or fabric bands that fit snugly around a badge. They come in various widths (traditionally 1/2", 3/4"and 1") and colors, most commonly black. 
  • Mourning Bars: Similar to bands, but they are often plastic or metal and attach directly to a uniform shirt or jacket with clasps or magnets. They also come in various sizes and finishes.
  • Application: New welded bands are available to fit Flex badges and embroidered insignia.
  • Purpose: Both bands and bars serve as a visual symbol of mourning and respect for the deceased. They also demonstrate solidarity within a community or organization.

Choosing the Right Size and Fit:

  • Bands: Consider your badge size. Most standard badges fit a 1/2" band, while smaller or uniquely shaped badges may require custom sizing. New sizes of 1/4", 3/8", and 5/8" are available.
  • Bars: Ensure the bar's length matches your uniform's specifications and won't interfere with other patches or insignia.

Colors and Styles:

  • Traditional Black: The most common choice, representing mourning and respect.
  • Thin Line Colors: Representing specific professions:
    • Thin Blue Line (law enforcement)
    • Thin Red Line (firefighters)
    • Thin Orange Line (search and rescue)
    • Thin Yellow Line (dispatchers)
    • Thin Green Line (sheriffs, military/border patrol)
  • Other Colors: Some organizations use specific colors for different types of losses (e.g., purple for line-of-duty deaths).
  • Customization: Many companies offer custom bands and bars with engravings, logos, or specific wording.

Awareness Bands:

In addition to mourning bands, awareness bands are also available. These are similar in style but raise awareness for specific causes or issues, such as:

  • Mental health awareness
  • Suicide prevention
  • Cancer awareness
  • Domestic violence awareness
  • Gen Violence awareness

Ordering and Wearing:

  • Pre-Ordering: Consider ordering mourning bands in advance to ensure availability when needed.
  • Proper Placement: Follow your department or organization's guidelines on the placement of mourning bands or bars.
  • Duration: Typically, mourning bands are worn for a designated period after a loss, but this can vary depending on local customs.


Choosing the right mourning band or bar is a personal decision. It's a way to honor the fallen, show respect, and express solidarity with your community. Take the time to explore the various options available and select the one that best represents your feelings and intentions.

At MourningBands.Org, we offer a wide range of mourning and awareness bands to suit your needs. Our commitment is to provide high-quality, customizable products that help you honor and remember those who have served.

Remember: The most important thing is the sentiment behind the gesture, not the specific style or color of the band. Choose a band that allows you to express your grief and respect in a meaningful way.

03 Apr '24

Boston's Policing Revolution: The Birth of the Day Police on May 21, 1838

“In 1838, Boston pioneered a new era of law enforcement with the creation of the Day Police. This innovative force, enabled by a legislative act on May 21, 1838, was tasked with upholding the city’s laws during daylight hours. The first officers appointed in April 1838 marked the beginning of a more professional and centralized approach to policing, setting a precedent for future urban law enforcement across America.”
01 Apr '24

Mourning Bands History & Innovations

The evolution of mourning bands has seen significant innovations to meet the needs of its users. From the initial use of black electrical tape, Badgeart has created a range of innovations to meet your needs These innovations have ensured that mourning bands continue to serve as powerful symbols of respect, grief, awareness, and solidarity.
23 Mar '24

First Responders Put Themselves on the Thin Orange Line to End Gun Violence

In a nation grappling with gun violence, public safety first responders are pivotal. They don the thin orange line bands from Badgeart as a beacon of dialogue and action against this scourge. These bands are more than mere symbols; they are a call to educate, advocate, and support. Police officers, in the wake of mass shootings, extend beyond their call of duty, offering solace, resources, and investigative prowess to heal and safeguard communities. The thin orange line is a silent yet potent herald of a collective resolve to stem the tide of gun violence.

02 Aug '19

The 218th US Regulated Law Enforcement Officers of America LEOSA Badge


A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed -  Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America

218thUS badges and insignia are offered to those meeting the definition of a qualified law enforcement officer as defined by the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 (LEOSA). The Law Enforcement Officers? Safety Act (LEOSA) as amended can be cited as 18 USC 926B (for active duty law enforcement officers) and 18 USC 926C (for retired or separated officers).

A "qualified law enforcement officer" is:
(1) a current governmental agency law enforcement officer who is authorized to carry a firearm, who is not the subject of disciplinary action, who meets agency standards which require the employee to regularly qualify in the use of a firearm, and who is not under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or substance; and

(2) a retired law enforcement officer who retired in good standing from public agency service, who was regularly employed as a law enforcement officer for at least 10 years, who has a non-forfeitable right to agency retirement benefits, who has met the State's standards for training and qualification for active law enforcement officers to carry firearms during the most recent 12-month period, and who is not under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or substance.

The Federal criminal code authorizes a qualified law enforcement officer carrying photographic governmental agency identification to carry a concealed firearm, notwithstanding any State or local law.
Qualified law enforcement officers are eligible to purchase of 218thUS emblems and insignia by submitting a copy of their photographic agency identification at the time of purchase.

Badgeart.Com is the exclusive reseller of 218thUS badges and insignia.

All 218th US badges must contain the following;

(1)     characters ?218 TH US
(2)     state or agency seal of the of the agency issuing the governmental ID,
(3)     an identification number issued by 218thUS

The purchase of 218thUS badges, awards, insignia, and gear doesn?t confer membership in a group or organization. Membership is inferred and governed to the class of citizens defined by the LEOSA federal statute, employed as a law enforcement authorized under state law, with authority conferred by a governmental agency as an active, retired, or former regularly employed officer of at least 15 years.

The Cost is $150 per badge payable to Badgeart Custom Badge Co.

Purchasers my submit a copy of a valid agency identification identifying the purchaser as a qualified LEOSA law enforcement officer.

Please allow 4 weeks for the manufacturing of this custom made badge.


3.325”(W) x 3.5”(H)

Gol-Tone with SIl-Tone Panels and TAC Black background.