CHICAGO (CBS) — Dozens of Chicago police officers, their families, and supporters came out to the lakefront on a warm and sunny Sunday for a special mass to celebrate Father’s Day.
The annual Father’s Day mass at the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park is a tradition for many police families.
Police Chaplain Dan Brandt said a special prayer for the fathers.
“We beg this morning that you bless these men; these fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, and father figures; and bless the memories of those whose names are inscribed on the memorial wall,” he said.
Police Officer John Lorenz knows some of the 574 officers whose names are on the wall; those who have been killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty.
Sunday was the first time he came to the Father’s Day mass just east of Soldier Field.
“I believe very strongly in my faith, and I can think of no better way to celebrate Father’s Day than with friends and family,” he said.