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Downtown Chicago is being inundated with not painted ponies but painted horses as part of the city’s newest public art display.

They are to honor fallen police officers and help families move forward.

The program, called Horses of Honor, will help to provide support and assistance to the families of those men and women who have been killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty.

Former Chicago police superintendent Phil Cline who is now the executive director of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation says each horse stands as reminder not to forget those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

“I had two police officers killed in the line of duty on my watch,” he says. “That’s the toughest job for any superintendent.”

There are about 100 horses that will soon adorn Chicago’s city streets, parks and even some private properties. Thirty of them were recently put out on North Michigan Ave

The White Sox, the Bulls and the Cubs have ponied up to sponsor a horse as well.

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