Byron Nelson To Receive Congressional Gold Medal

The Senate has moved to posthumously award Byron Nelson a Congressional Gold Medal—one of 137 ever awarded. Previous recipients included Walt Disney, Winston Churchill, the Little Rock Nine, Joe Louis, Jackie Robinson and Mother Theresa.

The bill cited Nelson’s philanthropy as well as his play as a golfer. Nelson’s tournament has raised more than $88 million for charity.

It’s a fine thing to be awarded a Congressional Medal. I’m just sorry, however, that the awards have waited—as they so often do—until after the recipient has passed away.

Still, from everything I’ve read about Byron Nelson, I don’t think he would have been very impressed by the award. And I’m almost certain that he would not have appreciated the fuss. Men like Nelson don’t do things for the awards and the recognition—they do it in spite of them.

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