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For those not aware of this unique recognition, if you have a scout/scouter who give their lives in service of their country, the unit can affix a gold star to the troop/pack flag.

I have been reading a lot of past posts, and while I do serve in the military, I believe this applies to police officers and firefighters as well since they are serving our country.

The requirements are vague. I am not certain it means the person has to have perished by they enemy on a deployment. It is for members who died while serving their country. To my understanding this is for past and present scouts/scouters.

But, this may only be a recognition for gold star families.

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I think flying the gold star is for members who have died while a member of the US Armed Services (including federalized national guard members) only.

Some non-BSA references:

  1. US Army “Gold Star Survivors”:

  2. For the gold star flag and banner history see

a. “Service Flag”, WikipediA,

b. the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., history at

c. Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, 2017 - presidential proclamation: