Moments ago the most historic vice presidential debate in our lifetimes began. Now, during these events a great deal of focus is paid towards the tiniest details, in order to make sure that the candidates are presented in the most manicured fashion possible. Every bit is analyzed, every length measured, and every thread is accounted for.

These moments can only be made once–each shot is final, and for the vice presidential debate in particular, the first impression will make the lasting mark. So, when the debate began just minutes ago, many were left wondering what is on the suit lapel of Governor Tim Kaine? has done some digging!


Hours very cursory analysis has determined that the pin and question is one known as theBlue Star Mothers Service Flag. The flag is authorized by the Department of Defense and is the official flag a family is with members that serve in the armed forces. Tim Kaine presumably is wearing the flag to remind Americans that he too has a son in the armed forces. We will continue to follow this story and other breaking news about the debate as it develops. There’s just one wrong problem: the flag is meant to hang vertically and Kaine is wearing it horizontally. He has it on wrong!

ere’s The Blue Star Mother’s Description of The Flag:

The Service flag, also called the Blue Star Flag, was designed and patented by WWI Army Captain Robert L. Queisser of the 5th Ohio Infantry who had two sons serving on the front line. The flag quickly became the unofficial symbol of a child in service. President Wilson became part of this history when in 1918 he approved a suggestion made by the Women’s Committee of the Council of National Defenses that mothers who had lost a child serving in the war wear a gold gilt star on the traditional black mourning arm band. This led to the tradition of covering the blue star with a gold star on the Service flag to indicate that the service member has died.


UPDATE: We’ve since learned that the lapel pin used by Kaine tonight can be used in either vertical or horizontal position. We apologize for the initially inaccurate information.

We were informed by a Blue Star family about the proper protocol to display the pin and corrected the article as soon as we could, and we hope that you will extend your understanding knowing that with breaking news sometimes reports include information that doesn’t tell the entire story.

Let’s Make America Great Again, patriots!