June 25, 2014
Wednesday’s ceremony also featured the unveiling of a public art installation featuring dozens of life-size, fiberglass statues of Chicago’s police horses, all sponsored by local businesses. They will be displayed at different locations downtown from Sept. 11 to November, Bauer said.
The horse statues, standing 6 feet tall, reflect the mounted police unit’s tradition of naming all its horses after fallen officers.
The statues, designed by local and internationally renowned artists, include a plaque recognizing the horse’s name, sponsor and artist.
For graduate Michael Burke, 39, it’s a tradition that makes the unit all the more valuable.
“Naming the horses after fallen officers is what shows good camaraderie,” he said. “And it really shows the history behind it.”