“Tie a Yellow Ribbon:” The Origin of the National Response to the Iran Hostage Crisis“Tie a Yellow Ribbon:” The Origin of the National Response to the Iran Hostage Crisis https://diplomacy.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Iran_Hostages_02_group-1024x827.jpg 1024 827 https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/77d297fd34b4f1cb20d77ddb5ccfdcde?s=96&d=mm&r=g
In November 1979, 52 Americans in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran were taken hostage by Iranian students. Everyone, from the most junior staff members to the person in charge of the embassy, were taken and held in captivity for 444 days. Closely following the crisis for over a year, the public wanted to show their support for the hostages and their families. Yellow ribbons became the symbol of hope for their safe return.
But why a yellow ribbon?
It starts with a diplomat’s wife and a popular song. read more