Memorial Day Daily Bears Report: Honoring the Fallen

On this Memorial Day, I thought it appropriate to honor first and foremost Baylor's two recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, representative of all the Baylor Bears who gave their last full measure of devotion in service to our country.

I looked around for some time this morning to find the perfect video to adorn this post. I was not successful. I wanted something poignant, apolitical, and sufficiently deferential to our men and women in uniform, but I couldn't find anything on Youtube that fit just right. So we'll have to make due with text and links, like always.

Those less intimate with Baylor's history than we might not know that our school claims two Congressional Medal of Honor winners in our history: Jack Lummus and John R. Kane. Both played sports at Baylor-- Lummus was actually a professional football player for the New York Giants before the war-- and both fought in World War II, Lummus in the Marines and Kane in the Army Air Corps. Kane survived the war and lived until 1996; Lummus died on Iwo Jima in 1945. You can read more about their stories at the links above, which go to their wikipedia pages. BearsTruth.com also has an excellent article up for our two heroes.

A couple of other links for this Memorial Day:

Honor The Fallen - Home Page

Memorial Day: An evolved observance of America's fallen heroes - CBS News
Old Guard soldiers reflect on acts of sacrifice often lost at summer's cusp among barbecues and swimming pool openings.

Obama: Many Americans don't 'fully grasp' the sacrifice of soldiers - U.S. News
President Obama marked Memorial Day by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery and urging Americans to remember the soldiers still fighting, and dying, in Afghanistan.

Obama lays wreath, delivers Memorial Day speech - CNN.com
President Barack Obama will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and deliver Memorial Day remarks.

President Obama lays wreath, speaks at Arlington National Cemetery | Fox News
President Obama laid a wreath Monday at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington. The cemetery is the final resting place for many American war heroes.

Americans gather to honor fallen service members on Memorial Day | Fox News
Americans plan to gather at cemeteries, memorials and monuments nationwide to honor fallen military service members on Memorial Day.

Now everything else, and there's not much after this weekend:

Track & Field Totals 11 Qualifiers at NCAA West Prelims - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
The Baylor track and field team will have 16 student-athletes representing it in 11 events at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships, after qualifying in five more events on the final day of the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Saturday.

Baylor Bears vs. Colorado Buffaloes highlights season tip-off event, sources say - ESPN Dallas
The matchups for the four-game event in Dallas that will kick off the 2013-14 season have been set.

Baylor Football: Tevin Reese Needs Help in Passing Game
Baylor has a clear No. 1 receiver for 2013 in Tevin Reese. Can the Bears find him any help?

Cowlishaw: 'A lot of folks' think Baylor's Terrance Williams could push Miles Austin off Cowboys' roster in 2014 | Dallasnews.com - News for Dallas, Texas - SportsDayDFW

That's basically it. I hope everyone has a fun Memorial Day today! Keep in mind while you're grilling, watching baseball, and everything else what this day is really all about: honoring those who died so we get to do those things. We should be thankful for them every day, but especially today.

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