WASHINGTON - When the Bears left Washington in December, they promised to return.
The team fulfilled that promise today and brought with them a gift symbolizing their partnership with the community.
The Chicago Bears revisited Washington on Friday, bringing with them a piece of their home.
Over 100 members of the Bears team and front staff helped raise a flag in Washington’s town square, an American flag that flew over Soldier Field on November 17th.
"Such a beautiful town. It was such a sad thing that happened to it. And to bring any kind of positive out here is a great thing," said Chicago Bears safety Brock Vereen.
Bears Chairman George McCaskey helped raise the flag, saying to a crowded square “we’re proud and happy to be back.”
He also praised the efforts of kicker Robbie Gould, who couldn’t be in Washington today. Gould helped organize both team visits.
Helping Washington rebuild is what the players did by picking up debris in damaged Washington neighborhoods. With most of them being rookies, it was a bonding experience for the players.
"To come out here and, you know, get your hands dirty and do the little things that go unnoticed,” said Bears Running Back and star quarterback at Northern Illinois Jordan Lynch.
But Washington residents are noticing.
"Being able to share their time. We can't take that for granted and can't put a price tag on that,” said Chag Ingham, whose home was partially damaged by the tornado.
Not only did the Bears organization give its time, but Bears board member Brian McCaskey will give another gift to a resident.
Cheryl Ingham lost her piano in the tornado. Her mother gave the piano to her as a gift before she passed away.
McCaskey heard about her loss on the news and gave her a call.
"He said when I'm in my house, he's going to give me a piano. So that was obviously the big thing for me,” said Ingham. "If he's a representative of the Bears like that, you know what kind of organization it is."
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