The Yellow Ribbon Returns

May 26th, 2009 - 12:44 am ICT by GD  

The Montana National Guard unveiled its new “Yellow Ribbon Program” on Wednesday with the aim to support families when their loved ones are deployed in the National Military, irrespective of the branch. A discussion meeting was held at the Armed Forces Reserve Center located at 2915 Gable Road in Billings on Wednesday night to discuss the program and provide information on support, military groups and all other services available to the military personnel.

Montana National Guard Senior Sergeant Master John O’Brien said, “We see our members one weekend a month you know, but you see them 28 days a month. So really it’s easy to hide something for 2 days but it isn’t easy to hide something for 28 days. And we want to know genuinely if our folks are struggling and having problems because we want to steer them in the right direction and help them.”

The Yellow Ribbon has been the symbol for those awaiting the return of a loved one. In the United States, the program gained widespread popularity during the Gulf War along with the slogan “Support Our Troops” and became highly politicized as it also meant support for the President George Bush. Later again, at the time of America’s invasion of Iraq, the yellow ribbon featured prominently as one painted on a magnetized material and displayed by the sides of automobiles or ribbons tied to side view mirrors.

There have been numerous representations of the theme in popular media and culture with one episode of The Simpsons featuring Ned Flanders wearing a yellow ribbon when his wife Maude and her mother were being held hostage at the Holy Land.

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