Gold Star and Next-of-Kin pins
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The Gold Star Lapel Button (left) is presented to the families of service members who lose their lives while engaged in action against an enemy of the United States. The Next-of-Kin of Deceased Personnel Lapel Button (right) honors those who lose their lives while serving on active duty or while assigned in a Reserve or National Guard unit in a drill status. They are normally presented to eligible family members prior to the military funeral service. They are not meant as awards, but as symbols of honor.
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