An inspiring public art installation, debuting in Turner Park this May, will commemorate the fallen heroes of the Omaha Police Department, celebrating their legacies of brave service and protection.
Horses of Honor® Omaha will feature seven life-sized statues of mounted patrol unit horses prominently displayed throughout Turner Park. An eighth horse is planned for the Omaha Police Headquarters. Each fabricated horse, designed by an artist, will commemorate a fallen Omaha officer.
“The loss of Officer Kerrie Orozco reminds us what ultimate sacrifice looks and feels like. Horses of Honor®is a powerful way to bring the community together and pay tribute to our men and women in blue and the lengths they’re willing to go to protect and serve,” said Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer.
The year-long Horses of Honor® Omaha exhibition will launch on May 20; its unveiling complemented by a Tribute Concert and Festival in Turner Park the next evening. Free and open to the public, the concert event will honor all those who serve and protect. (More details will be provided at HorsesOfHonorOmaha.com as they are available.)
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.
“Not only are we very honored to be a part of this inspirational project, we’re grateful for the awareness it will bring, the legacies it will celebrate, and the lasting impact it will have in protecting Omaha’s police officers and our community,” said Omaha Police Foundation Board of Directors President, Jack Lewis.
Horses of Honor® Omaha would not be possible without the generous support of community sponsors. Sponsorship funds will support fundraising initiatives, fabrication costs, statue transportation and other logistical needs. (A complete list of sponsors will be provided online at HorsesOfHonorOmaha.com.)
The Omaha installation mirrors the original Horses of Honor® program in Chicago, which was created and produced by AGENCY 360 and benefitted the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. The Horses have been on display at various locations in downtown Chicago, including the Magnificent Mile, Merchandise Mart, Hancock Plaza, parks and more. Proceeds from the Horses have been used to purchase bulletproof vests for the Police Department and put toward school tuition for the children of the fallen officers.
“Horses of Honor brought comfort to the families of all police officers and raised a lot of awareness in Chicago about the sacrifices that these brave officers make,” said Phil Cline, executive director of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. “We’re very excited and honored to see this program continue in Omaha and eventually other cities as well.”
Horses of Honor® Omaha is a public art installation in Turner Park benefiting the Omaha Police Foundation. The project mirrors the Horses of Honor® inaugural program held in Chicago and includes life-size horse statues that are artistically and individually designed by Omaha area artists. Beginning May 2016, these fabricated horses will be on display in prominent locations throughout Omaha’s Turner Park to honor the lives of our fallen heroes of the Omaha Police Department.
For more information about the Horses of Honor® Omaha project, please visit the project website: HorsesOfHonorOmaha.com or contact Molly Skold by phone at 402-598-9676 or by email at Molly.Skold@mutualofomaha.com.
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