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CHICAGO (WLS) — A brand new flag honoring police officers who have died in the line of duty now flies on the Kennedy Highway near West Town.

The Chicago Police Department Honor Guard and Pipes & Drums led a flag raising ceremony Saturday morning in the 1100 blk. by W. Grand.

“How many thousands of cars pass every hour here on the Kennedy and seeing this American flag and the police flag? I think that’s huge,” Bob Bettinardi said.

The flag will fly for at least 30 days. The ministry sees it as a sign of unity – at a time when officers say they need it most.

“We work hard to protect and serve on a daily basis and although it is difficult, symbols like this, when you pass on the highway, whether you are on the road, it reminds you why you are here,” said the CPD Mundo officer. Mendoza.

It’s a sacrifice they make every day with 595 police officers dying in the line of duty throughout the history of the Chicago Police Department. It’s an act of service that Bettinardi says he appreciates.

“I think being here for the police who are under tremendous pressure and stress, and showing that we love them and support them is huge for them,” Bettinardi said.

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