yellow ribbons

11 Nov

The Veterans Day illustration

What does Google’s yellow ribbon mean?

According to some oral traditions, women began wearing yellow ribbons in their hair to symbolize that a beloved was away, sometimes in battle. In the 1949 John Ford film She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, John Wayne famously played a captain who must help two women—one wearing the ribbon of remembrance—evacuate after Custer and his cavalry are wiped out. The film was said to be inspired by the tune, “Round Her Neck She Wore a Yeller Ribbon.”

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