People couldn't help but notice that former Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas wore two lapel pins to President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28. It turns out that there was a very specific reason he wore the second pin (photos below).
One of the pins Perry wore was a black and white American flag with one blue stripe down the middle, representing the "thin blue line" associated with the police force, notes The Independent Journal Review.
"I was given this pin by a police officer," Perry, the president's nominee for Secretary of Energy, told IJR. "I wear it in his honor. This is out of respect for police."
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He then waved his hand toward the Capitol Hill police officers standing in the halls.
"While we're all in there, they will be protecting us out here," he added.
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Perry's police-inspired lapel pin, which he also wore to President Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, is not the first notable piece of jewelry the Texan has been spotted with. Earlier in 2017, Perry wore a U.S. Marine Corps bracelet to his hearing with the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, as they questioned him on his qualifications to run the Department of Energy.
The bracelet was engraved with "USMC," along with the name Colton W. Rusk, a Marine killed in Afghanistan in 2010.
"Seeing Gov. Perry still wear that bracelet that we gave to him many years ago, and to wear it to something so important reminds me that Colton's memory will live on forever in people's hearts," Colton Rusk's brother, Brady, told IJR.
And in 2011, the Texan was spotted wearing another bracelet to honor fallen Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, who was also killed while serving in Afghanistan.
"I wear a little band, matter of fact, one of your Iowans, who was killed on the sixth day of August this last year, who was one of those Navy SEALS that went down in a helicopter, Jon Tumilson, to remind me about my duty to make sure those young men and women have the support they need as they serve on active duty," Perry said at the time.
Wearing symbolic lapel pins is not singular to Perry, however. While many politicians, including presidents, wear an American flag pin, President Trump's cabinet members were frequently spotted in January wearing triangular, gold-rimmed, crimson upside down pins, over which many people have puzzled, notes The New York Post. The insignia was believed to differentiate the high-profile members of Trump's inner circle from security guards at Trump Tower.