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Friday, 6 May 1921

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - Much more.

Senator PEARCE - I believe it is, be-' cause it is the nation's tribute to that mother or widow and cannot be worn by' any one else. On the grounds of sentiment some may be swayed to say that the ยป mother should wear the medal of her deceased son, but it must be remembered that apart from the distinctive mother's badge there is the next of kin badge, which is not only given to the mother or widow, but to the near relatives of a soldier. These are the nation's testimony to the sacrifice made by these women, and the decoration should be regarded as a tribute of the King to his soldiers for service in the field. Those who are by law entitled to the estate of a .deceased person will, of course, still be able to retain it as an heirloom, and that is the proper way in which these medals should be regarded by any man or woman in possession of them. They are intended to be kept as treasured family relics, but -the relatives are not entitled to wear them, :because they are given to them for seTvices rendered. I trust we will not be so -swayed by sentiment as to interfere -with .the real meaning of a decoration. We -should keep it for the purpose for which "it is intended, and not destroy its value :tbv allowing its indiscriminate use.

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