Please come home to us Trees at the Utah State Capitol have been tied with yellow ribbons as a symbolic gesture of concern for military personnel in the Middle East. The ribbons are a nationally accepted symbol, with the idea evidently originating from a popular song, "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree." The song conveys a message of "please come home to me." Tying yellow ribbons around objects grew in popularity during the Iranian hostage crisis, which began in 1979 and continued for 444 days. The ribbons at the Capitol signify that Utahns and all Americans are thinking about servicemen and women.