Thursday, September 18, 2008

Candlelight Vigil Tonight

  • Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 1930 hours the Chicago Police Department and citizens of Chicago will honor the dedication and courage of police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
  • This year's ceremony is dedicated to Officer Richard M. Francis, whose tour ended on July 2, 2008.
  • The ceremony will take place at Gold Star Families Memorial Park. The park is located just East of Soldier Field.
Pictures from the event can be mailed to us (e-mail address in the profile page) and we'll see if we can't post a couple.



Blogger larry said...


9/18/2008 10:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all my Brothers in Blue who made the ultimate sacrifice God Bless You, You Will Always Be Remebered.

9/18/2008 10:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


God Bless the Fallen and those that stand in the way of evil

9/18/2008 11:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not a vigil at the crime scene?

9/18/2008 01:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless all the officers who gave their lives and God bless their loved ones.

9/18/2008 06:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless all our fallen brothers and sisters throughout the law enforcement community. May we never forget the ultimate sacrifice they made. If any officer is interested in attending the National Memorial in D.C. next May (13th thru 16th)in which P.O. Francis' name will be added to the wall, please contact Det. Sharon Colby, ASAP. I have booked a block of rooms at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, but only have 12 still available. I work at Area One V.C. on days and can be reached at 312-747-8380 or by cell phone at 773-544-2908. If you have never been to this event, you will not be disappointed. Stay safe and God bless.

9/18/2008 06:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless all whose names are on that wall and their families.

9/18/2008 09:32:00 PM  
Blogger Elm Creek Smith said...

"Police Sacrifice"

While you sleep, we're there.

When you're sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner, or celebrating Christmas, we're there.

When its raining and cold, and you're glad to be in your home with your family, we're out there.

When it's your children's birthday, we're out there.

When it's our children's birthday, we're still out there.

You put on a suit and dress to go to work, we strap on a ballistic vest and a gun.

There's little room for error in your job, in ours there is none.

An error by you means a demotion, an error by us means a funeral.

When you tell your families "see you tonight" as you leave for work, you mean it. When we tell our family that, we pray we will.

At your job you strive to succeed, at our job we strive to survive.

In your job, one bad person is the talk of the office, in our job, one bad officer makes the news and suddenly were all bad.

In these headlines it's not what good we've done, but how much better it could have been done.

When you're scared you call us, when we're scared, we must carry on.

While you're eating a home cooked meal, we're having another hamburger.

While you're asleep with your spouse, ours sleep alone.

So the next time you're out with your family or friends, and you see a patrol car go by, remember the incredible sacrifice made by these officers every day.

Inside that car is a person that sacrifices his/her life, both professionally and personally Every day.

Author Unknown


I can't say it any better or even as well.


9/18/2008 09:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was there tonight and participated in reading the names of the fallen officers. I'm really dissapointed that more off duty officers and their familes didn't show up. Next year let's have a better showing, it is a very touching ceremony and quite beautiful at night. Stay safe.

9/18/2008 10:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its a shame that there were not alot of officers there to honor the fallen officers....this is once a year and a nice event.

9/19/2008 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will be there with my family when the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation stops being a lucrative money grubbing operation for Phil Cline, until then I will donate annually to the 100 Club of Cook County.

I am disgusted by what I know and so are most officers of the CPD.

9/19/2008 01:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical of the City of Chicago to not acknowledge the truth in relation to Officer Michael Robbins.

The Chicago Police Memorial still lists Casper Lauer as the first officer killed in the line of duty and refuses to acknowledge that Constable James Quinn was the first officer killed in the line of duty or to add his name to the Chicago Police Memorial.

I refuse to contribute a penny to this farce due to this and Phil Cline's exorbitant salary. This fuck gets a 6 digit retirement saalry and I will be damned if my money goes to pay him another 6 digit salary.

I apologize to any families with relatives killed in the line of duty but if your relative was deprived of being on the wall and deprived of the truth, being the first killed in the line of duty you would think much differently.

Speaking of which, where is your indignation at this INJUSTICE???

This officer,Michael robbons,essentially gave his life in the line of duty,shot multiple times and died due to it and no HONOR FUNERAL???

Officers stop giving any money to the farce, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. The idea is noble but don't support it, it is another Chicago money maker for the clouted.

9/19/2008 02:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How disgusting to see J-Fed & his FBI cronies wearing the uniform at the candlelight vigil.

9/19/2008 07:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was there as well.
It seems that the ceremony is improving, a bit. They borrowed a few ideas from the DC National Memorial which was OK.
This year they added colored lights to the waterfall and 7 illuminated blue lamps atop the Memorial which were lighted in conjunction with the names included this year.
Aside from the group from 019 that came to honor our brother Rick, I agree, the overall turnout was lacking.
Aside from the Gold Star Families, the civilian and sworn readers, (read all 533 names on the wall)exempts, (most had to be there) some dignitaries, Pipes and Drums etc., I don't think there were 200 'outside' attendees.
That IS a shame.
I realize many of us were working, or had a host of necessary outside interests but all I'm asking is IF you are available next year and/or the following years, please show up.
Once again, OUR Honor Guard did us proud Presenting the Colors, 21 Gun Salute and the playing of Taps.
It was also refreshing to see many of the downtown buildings lit up in checkerboard patterns, blue stripes, the initials, "CPD" and especially the Blue Cross/Shield Building that proudly displayed Rick Francis' star number on their building.
Also, if you were ever considering attending the National Memorial in DC... 2009 should be greatly considered as we are again tragically honoring one of our own next year.
Either make your own travel arrangement NOW or contact the Detective from Area 1 on one of the above posts for details. [Det. COLBY] I need to stress that you need to book ASAP as rooms are at a premium and the prices tend to go through the ceiling the longer you wait IF there are rooms still available.
If you can't attend DC please consider perhaps our Springfield Memorial, St. Jude or the candle light vigil as a way of showing your respect for our brothers/sisters that made the Ultimate Sacrifice.
All Gave Some Because Some Gave All.

Stay safe my brothers...

9/19/2008 03:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Over $200,000 in grade school and high school tuitions were paid out by the "Beyond the memorial fund" in 2007. Assistance the families of fallen officers need NOW. Not 10 years from now IF the child decides to go to college. Both these programs are awesome and a no brainer. We should be looking at expanding these in house benefits, not elliminating them. We know the City and State are cutting our benifits at every chance.

This memorial stands proudley with any memorial in the country. I am humbled when I stand in its awesome shaddow. The small bit I give to the "Mission Beyond" and the maintainance fund is embarrasingly insignificant when measured against the spirit I feel standing amongst the 533.

So enjoy your daily $4.00 cup of coffee, and your $5.00 a bottle evening night cap and all the other things we all throw our money at. Continue to go to the memorial, and some day you will get it, it will hit you like a train, and you will gladly kick in a little for the "Mission" and the memorial. We will all be there to welcome you, because you are the police.

9/20/2008 09:25:00 AM  

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