|"She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"|
US Military Marching Song|
Composed by George A. Norton - 1917
Synthesized by Charles R. Glasgow
John Ford Film Released by RKO Pictures
Some interesting facts about the patriotic alternative to the red white and blue and our most visible symbol of hope... the yellow ribbon.
Although the exact origin of the yellow ribbon still remains a mystery, the tradition of wearing yellow ribbons may date back to the Civil War when the US Cavalry was symbolized by yellow piping on their uniforms. Women who were married to or dating soldiers wore yellow ribbons as they waited for their sweethearts to return from battle. Historians believe this practice was commemorated in the 1917 song "Around Her Neck She Wore a Yellow Ribbon."
Yellow ribbons really caught on as a symbol of patriotism in 1979 during the Iranian hostage crisis, when Penne Laingen, wife of hostage Bruce Laingen, tied a large yellow ribbon around a tree in front of their home near Washington, DC. The idea spread around the country to symbolize hope for the hostages safe return home. When the 52 hostages returned after 444 days in captivity, the Laingen family donated the huge ribbon to the Library of Congress.
In 1990, when the line was drawn in the sand in Kuwait, thousands of American soldiers, many pulled out of civilian life, were sent far away to the Middle East for Operation Desert Storm. Those left behind watched as the last great land-and-air conflict of the 20th century played out on television screens across the nation. In support of the troops safe return home, yellow ribbons began to appear on clothing lapels and on the fronts of homes, businesses, schools and churches.
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