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Unformatted text preview: rg reports that Puritan cavalry officers wore yellow
sashes on the battlefield to distinguish themselves from the enemy.
II. The yellow ribbon emerged in our own country during the Civil War in the 1800s.
According to americanfamilytraditions.com, the custom can be traced to a story
about a prisoner’s homecoming returning from Andersonville Prison.
This story is also related to the 19th century Civil War song that I mentioned in the
introduction: Round her neck she wore a yellow ribbon. III. The yellow ribbon practice continued during the Vietnam era of the 1970s.
During this decade, a second story began circulating about a Miami Florida man
who had been released from prison and asked his beloved to tie a yellow ribbon around the lone
oak tree in the town square if she wanted him back in her life.
In 1973, Tony Orlando and Dawn popularized this story with their song, “Tie a
yellow ribbon round the old oak tree.”
IV. The tradition of the yellow ribbon became extremely popular during the conflicts in the
Middle East from the 1980s to today.
According to the article, “How the Yellow Ribbon Became a National Folk
Symbol” by Gerald E. Parsons, yellow ribbons were displayed all across America in support of
the Americans who were being held hostage in Iran.
In 1991, the ribbons were displayed for soldiers serving in the Persian Gulf.
Yellow ribbons continue to remain prominent today in honor of those serving in
the War in Iraq.
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.”
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This note was uploaded on 03/10/2014 for the course CMST 2060 taught by Professor Wambaldorf during the Spring '08 term at LSU.
- Spring '08