In 1988, under the leadership of the National Family Partnership, with Nancy Reagan as Honorary Chairperson, Congress proclaimed the first 8-day Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbons were first worn by DEA agents after a fellow agent, Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, was brutally murdered in 1985, while working undercover in Guadalajara, Mexico. Since then, the Red Ribbon movement to remember and honor Kiki’s death and raise drug awareness is celebrated by millions of students and teachers, along with community organizations, service clubs, businesses, faith communities, and law enforcement agencies. Today, Red Ribbon Week is held in thousands of schools and communities all across America.
Cypress celebrates Red Ribbon Week with essay contests and other events to stress the importance of saying no to drugs. The week includes a special breakfast for essay contest winners, educators, police, and community leaders. The Cypress Police Foundation hosts this important community event.