PIQUA – Singer Tony Orlando’s epic 1973 hit, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree,” resulted in mass sightings of yellow ribbons adorning trees nationwide in support of military forces serving abroad. The popular tune has prompted one Piqua community leader to launch a blue ribbon crusade honoring members of the Piqua Police Department.
Piqua Public Library Director Jim Oda is challenging community members to tie blue ribbons around trees and/or poles on their property to show support for Piqua’s law enforcement officers and in remembrance of five officers in Dallas, Texas, who were killed in a horrific shooting incident recently.
Oda, who hung blue ribbons from four pillar groups in front of the Piqua library, said his effort is purely a “symbolic” show of support for the jobs police officers perform on a daily basis.
“What we’re saying is you (the police department) do a great job under sometimes dangerous circumstances and we thank you for what you do.” Too often, added Oda, residents “take individuals who protect us for granted.”
“I’m hoping others will do the same and show their support with blue ribbons citywide.”
Sharon Semanie is a journalist and longtime Piqua resident. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.