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Tony Orlando and Dawn song, “Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree” IV. Became popular during Middle East conflicts from the 1980s to today
Displayed for hostages in Iran
Displayed for soldiers serving in Persian Gulf
Displayed for those serving in Iraq
CONCLUSION I. Today I have informed you about the custom of the yellow ribbon from the English Civil
War, to the U.S. Civil War, to Vietnam, to the Middle East.
The next time you see a yellow ribbon tied around a tree, pinned to someone’s lapel, or
displayed on the bumper of someone’s car, remember it is not only an important
custom, but a powerful symbol of the ties that bind loved ones together.
American Family Traditions. “Tie a Yellow Ribbon.”
<http://www.americanfamilytraditions.com/yello_ribbom.htm. May 29, 2007.
Finely, Gavin. “The Yellow Ribbon History.” <http://entimepilgrim.org./yellowribbon.htm>
Parsons, Gerald E. “How the Yellow Ribbon Became a National Folk Symbol.”
<http://www.loc.gov/folklife/ribbons/ribbons.html. 1991. Key-Word Outline
Topic: Yellow Ribbon
General Purpose: To inform
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about the custom of wearing or tying a yellow ribbon
in remembrance of those who are absent
Thesis statement: The custom of the yellow ribbon began with the English Civil War, continued
during the U.S. Civil War, re-emerged with the Vietnam war, and hit its stride during the Middle
I. Round her neck she wore a yellow ribbon.
She wore it in the winter
And the merry month of May
When I asked her, Why the yellow ribbon?
She said, It’s for my lover who is far far away. What you have just heard is the opening lines of the song “Round her neck she wore a
II. I’m sure most all of you have seen yellow ribbon magnets on the back of cars or perhaps
many of you have even worn a yellow ribbon in support of a loved one in the armed
forces. But do you know why we have this practice in our culture? III. Today I am here to inform you about the c...
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