Operation Yellow Ribbon comes to town


PICTOU – The town of Pictou will be participating in Operation Yellow Ribbon.

A ceremony at Market Square on Tuesday officially launched the project before members of CEF will then proceed to attach ribbons to the poles along Water Street.

Mayor Jim Ryan was joined by members of the Construction Engineering Flight that includes Flight 144 in Pictou.

The iconic image of a yellow ribbon attached to a tree has been the symbol that represents the strength, resiliency and support of the military members and their families. The yellow ribbon has been a part of honouring the military for generations but regained its popularity during the Gulf War in the early 1990s.

There have been songs written about the yellow ribbon and movies made all with the same underlying sentiment of hope.

The early displays of the yellow ribbon would be for family members of deployed members who would attach a yellow ribbon on a tree or porch for the duration of their deployment. This showed that a family member serving their country and also acted as their way of hoping for the safe return of their loved ones.

It is the hope that the residents and visitors to Pictou will see the symbol and reflect of the sacrifices that military personnel make in defence of Canadians’ freedom and their families that are home longing for their safe return.

From left: Major Mike Burris of the CEF, Flight 144 CEF advisory board chairman Cam Beaton, Mayor Jim Ryan and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 16 past-president and Zone 6 Sgt.-at-Arms Janice Watters were among those who attended the Operation Yellow Ribbon ceremony. (Goodwin photo)