Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Awareness Ribbons

We’ve all heard of and/or seen Awareness Ribbons. These are the colored ribbons that stand for various causes and meanings. 

The Awareness Ribbon trend was most likely inspired by the song, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree,” which was a number one hit 44 years ago in April 1973. The song writer said the idea for the song was inspired by a tale of a Civil War soldier who had written to his girl and asked her to "tie a yellow ribbon round the ole oak tree" if she wanted him to come back to her; the details were modernized a bit to fit contemporary times. The song and its idea has been so popular that it has been covered by dozens of artists since it first came out.  

During the time of the Iran Hostage situation, people began putting yellow ribbons around trees to express their hope that the hostages would be released and returned safely home.  The concept really blossomed from there – yellow ribbons, pink ribbons, red ribbons, blue ribbons, and more – so far, I have found almost fifty different colors or color combinations of ribbon that represent hundreds of social and medical awareness causes!

That original yellow ribbon, besides being a general symbol for Hope, may also represent  Deployed Military, POW/MIA, Suicide Prevention, Adoptive Parents, Amber Alerts (missing children) as well as Bone Cancer, Osteosarcoma, Endometriosis, Microcephaly, Spina Bifida, or Hydrocephalus.

Stay tuned, because in the coming weeks I'll be sharing more information about Awareness Ribbons, and offering new pieces so you can represent your cause.