On Tuesday evening the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation held their annual candlelight vigil. The vigil honors the men and women whose lives were taken in service to the citizens of Chicago.
The vigil was held at the Gold Star Families and Memorial Park on Chicago's lakefront.
Families and descendants of fallen officers attended and participated in reading the names of 571 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Soldier Field was bathed in blue light. Other skyscrapers in Chicago lit their tops in blue or had lighting arrangements displaying "CPD" and "Never Forget".
Speakers included Alderman James Balcer, CPMF Executive Director and former Superintendent of Police, Phil Cline, and Superintendent of Police Garry McCarthy.
The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation renders support and assistance to families of Chicago Police officers who were killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. The Chicago Police Memorial foundation erected the Chicago Police Memorial between Soldier Field and the lakefront. It is described as the premier police memorial in the country.
The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation also launched their Get Behind the Vest campaign. The campaign seeks donations to purchase replacement bullet proof vests for Chicago Police Officers. The vests deteriorate over time and need to be replaced about every five years. Vests are also rendered unusable if a bullet penetrates it. The goal is to raise $4 million to replace 8000 outdated vests. New vests cost between $500 and $900.
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