Horses of Honor® Omaha, a public art exhibition celebrating the legacies of Omaha’s fallen police officers, will build on a tradition of tribute that began in Chicago in 2014.
Debuting Friday, Horses of Honor® Omaha will feature eight life-sized statues of mounted patrol unit horses, designed and painted by a local artist, prominently displayed throughout Omaha’s Turner Park. Seven of the fabricated horses commemorate a specific fallen Omaha officer, while an eighth horse honors all fallen officers.
A K-9 sculpture is also planned for Turner Park to commemorate the fallen Omaha Police K-9, Kobus.
The Omaha installation mirrors the original Horses of Honor®program in Chicago, which was created and produced by AGENCY 360 and benefits the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. So far, almost 100 Horses have been on display at various locations in downtown Chicago, including the Magnificent Mile, Merchandise Mart, Hancock Plaza, parks and more.
“To see the Horses of Honor project spreading beyond Chicago to Omaha is, itself, a great tribute to the men and women who wear the uniform and work to serve and protect our communities. We look forward to working with other cities that feel inspired to bring this program closer to home and channel the proceeds into real impact,” said Phil Cline, executive director of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.
Proceeds from the Chicago Horses have supported the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.
“I’m proud to see this collaboration between Chicago and Omaha – two cities that hold a very special place for me – on a project that should hold a very special place for us all. The courage of our men and women in law enforcement is so commonplace that we risk taking it for granted, and this memorial will help us remember the sacrifices they have made to protect us,” says Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts who graduated from the University of Chicago and sits on the board of the Chicago Cubs baseball team.
The year-long Horses of Honor® Omaha exhibition will launch on Friday, the first anniversary of the line of duty death of Detective Kerrie Orozco, with a public Unveiling Ceremony in Turner Park at 10 a.m.
The unveiling will be complemented by a Tribute Concert in Omaha’s Turner Park the next evening. Free and open to the public the concert will feature The Finest Hour and Recaptured: Journey Tribute Band with a fireworks finale.
Horses of Honor® Omaha will culminate with the sale of the horses in the spring of 2017. Net proceeds will benefit the Omaha Police Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization working to ensure Omaha officers have the training and equipment they need to prevent crime, save lives and make Omaha a safer city.
Horses of Honor® Omaha would not be possible without the generous support of community sponsors (listed below). Sponsorship funds will support fundraising initiatives, fabrication costs, statue transportation and other logistical needs.
Horse Statue Sponsors
Additional Project Sponsors
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