As simple tributes to those who have gone before us, they are easy to miss or take for granted. But the 140-plus red granite lampposts scattered across Baylor’s campus are more than just utilitarian lighting — they are memorials to those who have served our country, including many who gave their lives in action.
The first such lampposts were dedicated in a ceremony at Waco Hall 65 years ago this fall, just a year after the conclusion of World War II. More than 4,000 Baylor men and women served during WWII, and 125 of them lost their lives doing so. Baylor psychology professor Anna Martin suggested honoring the fallen with lamps.
Over the past 65 years, other names have been added on lampposts around campus to memorialize those who have served the United States through military, government or other notable public service. People who served in such a manner are recognized with a rectangle-shaped plaque; those were killed in action are honored with a plaque in the shape of a military shield.
On this Memorial Day weekend, we honor all the Baylor Bears who have served on behalf of our nation.
Sic ’em, veterans!