Horses of Honor honor fallen or badly injured Chicago Police officers and help raise money for the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. Howard, a Vietnam War veteran, was just 26 when he was killed in a car crash while working on the morning of Jan. 1, 1975.
Howard still has a number of relatives in Canaryville, making Saturday's dedication of the Horse of Honor especially poignant, said Erika Vazzana, the artist who painted the statue and a Canaryville resident herself.
Resident Michael McNamara led the efforts to raise the money for the statue through lemonade stands and other fundraisers.
“The neighborhood came together for this event, we’re really going back to [Howard’s] roots by having it in Canaryville,” Vazzana said.
Vazzana was given the task of painting the horse with symbols that represent Howard's life.
“We include everything about one officer. Howard was in the Army so we have an Army badge. He was a proud Irish so we have the Irish flag, his high school logo ...,” Vazzana said.
The dedication is noon at the Flags Club, 552 W. 47th St.