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The Bear's Den & Memorial Day Open Thread, Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day is the day in America where we remember those who gave their lives in the service of our country. The Chicago Bears are in unique because they play in a stadium built to honor those who died in military service, Soldier Field.

Flags half mast at Soldier Field
Flags half mast at Soldier Field
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Today we are doing something different, instead of just a links page, we wanted to share the story of the special place that the Bears call home, Soldier Field. We will return to our "Greates Bears By The Number" retrospective by Sam Householder tomorrow.

Yes, this IS an OPEN THREAD.

In 2010, Lester Wiltfong, Jr. put together an excellent article about Soldier Field, and he has kindly given permission for me to include that information in this Den. The original link is here: Wiltfong: "Dedicated To The Men And Women Of The Armed Services" - Windy City Gridiron - Soldier Field is much more than a football stadium. Come take a look inside Soldier Field.

"Dedicated To The Men And Women Of The Armed Services" by Lester Wiltfong, Jr.

Those words are prominently displayed outside Soldier Field at 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive in Chicago, Illinois.  Soldier Field is much more than just the Chicago Bears home.  With this being Memorial Day Weekend, this is a great time to give some thoughts to the message behind Soldier Field.


It's so much more than a football stadium.  And I'm not talking about the various other events that take place in there.  I'm referring to the almost museum like atmosphere you'll encounter when exploring the stadium.  Everywhere you look you'll see things paying homage to the American soldier.  You'll find famous quotes on the benches, actual medals are on display, and the statue entitled "The Spirit of the American Doughboy" is honorably displayed in the South Courtyard.

The Memorial Waterfall is a must see.  Eight medallions which represent the eight branches of the military are set into the waterfall, and a continuous flow of water falls over the entire memorial.  On the North end of the stadium is the Veteran's Memorial.  The front of the piece pays respect to the branches of the military and their families and the back of the piece is the John F. Kennedy War Memorial with a JFK inscription.

Take a moment to think about those we've lost in service to our country, and if you have the chance to do so thank a soldier for all they do.  And be sure to have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.



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