Why Do People Tie Yellow Ribbons Around Trees?

The act of tying a yellow ribbon around a tree is done to show the world that a person or family is remembering a loved one and awaiting their return home. The yellow ribbon can be seen all over America today and began appearing in the United States in great numbers when large numbers of U.S. troops were deployed to the Middle East during the Gulf War.

Yellow ribbons have been worn and displayed by mainly mothers, sisters and wives who were waiting for their sons, brothers and husbands to return home from whatever foreign territory they were fighting in. The yellow ribbon has been a symbol of great importance to people in the Western Christian world for hundreds of years and likely dates back to the time of the Puritans in the early 1600s.