Congressional Gold Medal
On October 16, 2006, Congressman Michael C. Burgess’ bill to award Byron Nelson the Congressional Gold Medal was signed into law by President George W. Bush.
This day is truly all about Byron Nelson. When this process began, I told Byron that he deserved this high distinction for all he had done, and he so graciously denied accolades.
Byron's faith in God and strong character made him a beacon of hope to all who were lucky enough to know him. He was generous, gentlemanly and sincere in all areas of his life. While many may remember him as a legendary golfer, most remember him as a philanthropic leader.
- Congressman Burgess
The medal was awarded to Peggy Nelson, Byron's widow, on June 26, 2007, at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
About the Congressional Gold Medal
Since the American Revolution, Congress has taken part in a time honored tradition and has commissioned gold medals as the highest expression of national appreciation. Each medal represents and honors distinguished achievements and contributions to our country.