Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Yellow Ribbons and A Merry Christmas!

Do you remember when the last U.S. hostage was set free in 1991? I do. 

Terry Anderson was kidnapped on March 16, 1985 by an Islamic militant group and held hostage for six and half years. My dear friend Anita Sorrell (1944-2012) made yellow ribbon ornaments with the names of all the hostages and the dates of their capture.    


And every year Anita and her friend, Fran, hung the yellow ribbons on the Christmas tree at the Aerobic Dancing Center in Short Hills, NJ. Can you tell Anita loved Christmas? She's on the right wearing the Christmas tree costume. It even had lights :) 

Priceless :)

So when Terry Anderson was freed in Lebanon on December 4, 1991, I made Anita this small quilt for Christmas. On the hanging sleeve I wrote the names and dates of the hostages and took a pic but it was out of focus.  

Here's the label with a yellow ribbon, of course! 

Merry Christmas 'Nita
The hostages are free!
December 25, 1991

~From Me to You~

Merry Christmas!


Copyright 2015, Barbara Schaffer


  1. Oh Barb...what a beautiful and vibrant tribute to your friend....I'm so sorry she disappeared so quickly....be sure that she reads all of your posts between angels.

  2. What a wonderful memory quilt. I do remember all of that quite well. Thomas Sutherland's family lived near by and Fort Collins had yellow ribbons on every tree in the city. Love your sweet Christmas photo.

  3. What a sweet remembrance of your friend. Why do all the good ones go too soon. Your quilt is so special.
    that vintage photo is fabulous. I wish christmas still looked like this. Is that you?

  4. Merry Christmas and what a lovely memory.

    1. Thank you, Jill. Merry Christmas to you, too!