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Bears saluting service members throughout week

Posted Nov 8, 2017

The Bears are conducting an entire week of activities to honor current and former military members capped by Sunday’s “Salute to Service” game against the Packers at Soldier Field.

The Bears are conducting an entire week of activities to honor current and former military members capped by Sunday’s “Salute to Service” game against the Packers at Soldier Field.

On Monday, the team’s rookie class went to “A Safe Haven” to visit with veterans transitioning from homelessness to self-sufficiency. On Tuesday, linebacker John Timu and Staley Da Bear participated in the USO Teen/Tween program through the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center. Timu was joined by his wife, Amanda, who is currently serving in the Navy.

On Wednesday, Hall of Famer Dan Hampton and former fullback Jason McKie visited veterans in the Road Home Program at Rush University Medical Center. On Thursday, former Bears including McKie, Jay Hilgenberg, James "Big Cat" Williams, Ahmad Merritt and Bob Wetoska are scheduled to visit with sailors and go through a naval ship simulator at the Great Lakes Naval Station.

On Friday, Staley Da Bear and the Bears Drumline will make an appearance at the Hines VA Hospital Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade.

At Sunday’s Salute to Service game against the Packers, USO/Boeing representative and Medal of Honor recipient Captain Florent Groberg will give an opening speech at the 50-yard line. The national anthem will be sung by U.S. Air Force and Afghanistan War veteran Mark. J. Lundquist, followed by a flyover.

At halftime, the USO will hold a Commissioning and Medal Ceremony. The team will also recognize Vietnam War veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Specialist Five James McCloughan as the Bears/Boeing Military Salute honoree during the third quarter.