After you adopt
your POW/MIA, if you wish to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Campaign,
please do the following:
1. Purchase a roll of wide
yellow ribbon, a roll of 1/4" yellow ribbon and a card of straight pins.
(See item 6 below first!)
2. Dedicate a tree in your
front yard to your adopted MIA and mark it with the wide yellow ribbon.
(If you live in an apartment, dedicate a window or get permission to dedicate
a tree in a local park.) Then get each of your neighbors (or as many of
them as you can) to do likewise.
3. Contact the principal
of the local middle or grammar schools (or nurseries or day cares) and
see if they will dedicate a tree on their grounds. Do the same with veteran
organizations, local churches, businesses, unions, scout troops, garden
clubs...any where people get together.
4. Contact your local music
radio station and request "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" be dedicated to your MIA
and give the date of loss.
5. Cut the 1/4" yellow ribbon
into pieces 2 inches long, fold them into lapel ribbons (see attached)
and secure them with a straight pin. Make as many as you can and carry
them with you wherever you go. If you work at a desk or table, place several
in a dish and leave them in view. When people ask what they are for, tell
them and offer them one to wear.
Additionally, it works extremely well to add a thinner black ribbon to
the yellow one. This gives true distinction to the OJC Ribbon Campaign
as opposed to other causes that also use the yuellow ribbon. Make
it as in 5 (above) but add a 1/8" black ribbon to it.
7. The ribbon sizes
may be enlarged for display in trees or at distances. The original
size works very well for lapel pins, especially if you add a POW/MIA pin
to the center of it. Pins can be found through many Veteran's organizations.
Try doing a Google search if you don't already have a good source for POW/MIA
In order to track the effectiveness
of this campaign, it is essential to keep a running record of the level
Please remember to report
your stats, (i.e., the number and location of trees dedicated, the
number of lapel ribbons distributed, the number of businesses, organizations
etc. recruited) to the appropriate campaign action area:
Businesses, schools, organizations
recruited go to Group
Stats on Trees dedicated
to POWs go to Trees
Stats on Lapel Rippons distributed
go to Lapel
The rationale here is simple.
Sooner or later, the media and the "Inside the Beltway Crowd" are going
to start wondering what all the yellow ribbons are about.
And when they ask
you, make sure you tell them!