Understandable. I did not like the new Wings for AES Op for losing the red lightning bolts; what I do like about the new ones, is the historical link to "4 props crews"...but that "link" might not be meaningful for all flyers.
My original Wings (cloth DEU) I was presented...are framed with my Wings certificate and trade coin. I'll keep my sets of gold metal wings...once I'm OFFSTA for the final time, I'll have those to stick on a jacket/blazer on Nov 11th.
Small stuff, in the big scheme of things but...hey, identity and link to history is important to some people.