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Honoring tradition.

Every year on the first Sunday of May, the Chicago Police Department recognizes one of the oldest and proudest traditions, honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  Since 1932, 1,000’s of peace officers from across Illinois come together to honor and remember their fallen comrades.


Since 1999, the pipes and drums of the Chicago Police Department have proudly filled the air with the skirl of the pipes and war beat of the drums.  Up until 2005, the march was held in downtown Chicago (on Michigan Avenue) ending with a mass at Holy Name Cathedral.  The photo above is from 2005.


Today, the march takes place in the shadow of Soldier Field at at the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park.


It’s a day for cops to come together – past and present – smiles and tears – honoring and remembering comrades and the families they left behind.

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