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Yellow Ribbon

Pamela Alderman

Families tie yellow ribbons around trees to represent support for military loved ones returning home; the yellow ribbon also symbolizes suicide prevention. Expanding these traditions, I designed a collaborative art piece, called Yellow Ribbon, in partnership with Kent County Veterans Services. The broken, abstract trees portray the veterans’ resilience despite the long-term effects of PTSD, military sexual trauma, and veteran suicide. Dozens of veterans and their families, ranging in age from 2 to 92, helped sponge-paint the background. The work also features four 8 x 10 paintings created by veterans. Exhibit visitors are invited to write uplifting notes on yellow ribbons and tie them to the trees, to honor and thank the veterans for their sacrifice. Following the exhibition, the Blue Star Mothers, a support group for military moms, will include the yellow ribbons in care packages for deployed soldiers.

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