"Tie A Yellow Ribbon" lyrics

The Yellow Ribbon Project was inspired by the popular song, ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree’, which is supposedly based on the real-life tale of an ex-offender’s journey to forgiveness.

He had written a message to his wife, asking her to show that she had forgiven him by tying a yellow ribbon around the only oak tree in their city square – to his relief, more than a hundred yellow ribbons greeted him on his return.

The simple yellow ribbon was chosen as the symbol of this campaign, with the hope that it would eventually become a self-sustaining grassroots movement. The act of wearing a yellow ribbon pin as a show of acceptance and an offer of forgiveness and second chances to ex-offenders has since become one of the signature activities of the Yellow Ribbon Project.


Visit by Mr Tony Orlando