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The policemen who marched on the Haymarket were proud of that distinction, and many of them would reassemble as a unit, much as would the veterans of a famous military engagement. According to the records of the Chicago Historical Society, they carried this large (it is approximately four by six feet) velvet, taffeta, satin, and gilt banner in a parade in 1895.
At the center of the banner is a rendition of the police monument, and attached to the bar that supports the banner are six-pointed stars of the same design as police badges. The banner was donated in 1933 by Haymarket veteran Frank Tyrrell, a patrolman at the time of the riot. Tyrrell subsequently rose to the rank of captain. He was coincidentally the last surviving police participant in the riot; he died on February 12, 1947, at the age of eighty-eight.
Tyrrell and his police comrades who served together on the evening of May 4, 1886, incorporated themselves as Veterans of the Haymarket Riot in 1901, devoting the organization to "Good Fellowship" and "Fraternal Feeling." The second image is of the graying veterans lined up in front of the statue in its first Union Park setting in 1907. Note the banner draped over the pedestal of the monument.
The third image is the cover of the program for the veterans' "Twenty-second Anniversary and Memorial Entertainment," held on May 4, 1908, in Schoenhofen's Hall, at the corner of Milwaukee and Ashland Avenues. The program, full of advertisements from local businesses, includes a history of the riot that repeats the version offered in court by the prosecution.
The activities at the "entertainment" were not unlike those at workers' gatherings and commemorations both before and after Haymarket, even if the point of view was very different. The veterans listened to musical performances and dramatic recitations, along with remarks by wounded veteran Jacob Hanson and an address by Francis W. Walker, Assistant State's Attorney at the time of the trial. The program contains a complete listing of those who served twenty-two years earlier, annotated to indicate who was wounded or killed the evening of May 4, 1886, and who had passed away since. The "In Memoriam" page includes Judge Gary, State's Attorney Grinnell, Inspector John Bonfield, and fifty-three other policemen.