Our yellow ribbon magnet is perfect for the back of a Marine Corps car. It measures 8 inches tall and features the Marine Corps seal and letters "USMC" in red.
Most Americans are aware of what "the yellow ribbon" stands for, but few are aware of its origins or the debate surrounding its use. The origins of the popular ribbon are important to understand because it gives insight into the proper use of the ribbon. Understanding the history behind the ribbon also sheds enlightenment on patriotism and why it is so important not only to Americans, but to any country.
According to "Usable Pasts," the yellow ribbon was first used by Penne Laingen, whose husband was an editor of a newsletter for hostage families (311). The idea to create a yellow ribbon as a symbol of faithfulness and patrioticness stems from a song - "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" - which holds the message of faithfulness (311). Laingen heard the song and was able to apply its meaning (which related to a woman's faithfulness to her spouse) not only to couples, but as a message of faithfulness from all people to soldiers. The ribbon is now used to symbolize awareness as well as faithfulness, and many military wives and families hang yellow ribbons from car windows, front doors, and rearview mirrors as a symbol of their dedication to a loved one who has been deployed.