The yellow ribbon tradition exploded during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979. Americans were encouraged to tie a big yellow bow around their trees or some other object and leave it until the hostages were released. Since then it has become a tradition to display yellow ribbons to welcome home imprisoned heroes or military personnel. In addition to the bows tied around trees, yellow ribbon pins (in the shape of the traditional AIDS red ribbon) and automobile magnets are now very popular.
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