Talk:Yellow ribbon

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Not good at all[edit]

"It has also been used recently to raise awareness of Testicular Cancer, Endometriosis, and Madeleine McCann."

That is the funniest sentence I have read in quite a while, and entirely inappropriate. IT is worse than anything Seth "Family Guy" MacFairlane has ever written.

When I learned this cadence in basic training, and every time it was sung during my time in the army, there was a third verse. I'm adding it here.

Poor boy was gay[edit]

Theres a verse missing

Around his neck he wore a pink bandanda he wore it in the spring time in the merry month of may and if you asked him why the hell he wore he wore it 'cause he wanted to the poor boy was gay boy was gay, boy was gay he wore it 'cause he wanted to the poor boy was gay —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:19, 27 December 2010 (UTC)

What the fuck?? --RThompson82 (talk) 22:51, 23 September 2012 (UTC)

19th century[edit]

My understanding is that US use goes back to at least the late 19th century. Soldiers' families would display a ribbon, visible from the street, appropriate to the category of unit he belonged to, when he was deployed; in particular, yellow meant cavalry, and the frequency of deploying the cavalry in the Indian Wars led to the relative prominence of the yellow ribbon.
--Jerzyt 21:20, 1 May 2006 (UTC)

8th Cavalry Regmnt
[ Why Do We Put Up Yellow Ribbons During Wars?], post #12 is the closest i've found so far to supporting this version.
Magnetic ribbons are starting to get to us,post 32, makes a slight mention.
--Jerzyt 21:40, 1 May 2006 (UTC)

Early Puritan history[edit]

I think that the 'Puritan Army of English Parliament' were the parliamentarian army? unsigned by (talk) at 01:19, 1 April 2007

Reference to James Earl Jones[edit]

I cannot find any film or tv credits that list James Earl Jones being in any movie about this subject. I think source is in error.


[1] The Yellow ribbon is also used to support the German troops in foreign countries, e.g. Afghanistan. -- (talk) 19:39, 14 March 2011 (UTC)

Support George Bush?[edit]

The section of the article that claims the yellow ribbon implied support of George Bush's policies needs citations. Sorry if this is the wrong place to say this, but as an infrequent contributor who is a member of the armed forces I think claims of the yellow ribbon being politicized in this manner needs a citation, and there is none. (talk) 20:30, 5 June 2011 (UTC)

Go ahead and try to change it. Watch as your edit is reverted within five minutes. (talk) 04:21, 3 August 2011 (UTC)
The yellow ribbon campaigns of past generations and wars were very different. The slogan back then was "Support our troops -- bring them home alive". The "bring them home alive" part got dropped during Bush's wars. --RThompson82 (talk) 22:51, 23 September 2012 (UTC)

Indian Wars quote[edit]

From Democracy Now!:

AMY GOODMAN: How was Kit Carson connected to Fort Carson?
GLENN MORRIS: It’s named after Kit Carson. Fort Carson is named after Kit Carson. So Rumsfeld is giving this speech at Fort Carson, about to send off these soldiers immediately behind him to Iraq, but behind those soldiers is the color guard for Fort Carson. And you’ll notice that they’re in different uniforms. They’re in the uniforms of the Indian wars, of the 1870s, ’80s and ’90s. And those soldiers represent the continuity, the soldiers immediately behind Rumsfeld represent the continuity of the Indian wars. That is expressed by the color guard, still dressed in the uniform of Custer, of Sheridan, of Crook, of the other Indian killers of the 19th century.
And if you look at the picture, you’ll see that those soldiers have yellow kerchiefs around their neck. So all of these people that have the support the troops magnets on their car that are yellow ribbons? That’s the genesis of that, that they even made — I believe it was 1949 — John Wayne made a movie with John Ford called She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and the tradition of those yellow ribbons is that the cavalry that would go out to kill Indians, before they left, they would take that yellow kerchief off, tie it in their wife or their girlfriend’s hair, and say, "You wear this until I come back safely from killing Indians." So the Indian wars continue even in these little icons.

Source: --Kitrus (talk) 23:00, 2 September 2011 (UTC)

Dramatized version- ABC-Tv[edit]

Iv been searching for the dramatized version and I couldn't find it anywhere. Has anyone seen it? Suzanne Vandana (talk) 10:12, 12 January 2012 (UTC)

Yellow ribbon slogan WWI, WWII, vs today[edit]

The original slogan accompanying the yellow ribbon was "Support our troops - bring them home alive". So why was the second half of the slogan dropped for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars? Was there some kind of mentality that bringing them home alive meant we lost the war? :P --RThompson82 (talk) 22:51, 23 September 2012 (UTC)

Split "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"?[edit]

Shouldn't the song have its own article? pbp 13:44, 27 September 2012 (UTC)

I don't think a split is justified based on the size of the article. The section that you propose to split could not just be split off. Therefore, I am removing the tag. There would be nothing to stop you writing a new article and when that is of a suitable quality then reducing the section here to point to it. Op47 (talk) 15:21, 23 November 2012 (UTC)


Oplontis Caldarium room8.jpg

For StumpLifter who had probably a few too many, "the custom of tying a yellow ribbon around a tree to symbolize waiting love seems to go back at least as far as the days of Nero." For everybody else the "mural" in the Caldarium of the definitely not "recently unearthed" Villa Poppaea in Oplontis "depicting a man standing at a tree with a yellow ribbon tied 'round it" depicts Hesperides#The Eleventh Labour of Heracles: to steal the apples from the garden of the Hesperides. "A large yellow ribbon marks the tree as sacred, and a pile of pomegranates may indicate the site of Hercules's most ambitious labor, retrieving the 'apples' of the Hesperides", Bettina Bergmann: Art and Nature in the Villa at Oplontis, Journal of Roman Archaeology, 2002, p. 111 (talk) 14:48, 10 December 2012 (UTC)

On my person[edit]

How do i wear a ribbon "on my person" instead of on me? Michael Schemmerling Mschem — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:34, 29 January 2014 (UTC)

It's an expression. I found 10,300,00 hits for the phrase (written as one) on google. (talk) 18:36, 26 May 2014 (UTC)