Richmond Police Memorial statue relocates to Byrd Park

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Richmond Police Memorial Statue has a new home in Byrd Park.

The statue, honoring officers killed in the line of duty, was moved three miles from its home in Festival Park downtown to Byrd Park.

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Those who helped make this move possible said it’s about so much more than a new location. They say this move gives the statue new life.

“This statue is the families of the officers that were killed. This statute is the police officers living today,” said retired police officer Glenwood Burley. “This statue represents so much of sacrifice and public service and protecting society.”

F9455924416046EE95CA76D08F4FB118Burley says the statue’s previous location became an insult to what the statue represents.

“It became abandoned and forgotten,” said Burley.

During his over 20 years of service, Burley had worked with seven of the officers whose names are written on the memorial.

“I told the guys we were going to take them to a new place,” Burley said. “We were going for a ride in a day or two and I was going to be riding with them.”

The artist who sculpted the statue in 1987, Maria Kirby-Smith, was also there Friday to see the statue moved to its new home.

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“It’s kind of been resurrected and given a second life with more respect and more room,” Kirby-Smith said.

This new home now bringing to light the statue’s original meaning.

82524C72FB224C518ECF1A5404F3DF19“While I was working on it, I was always aware of the heavy emotional burden that was being carried of trying to honor the fallen and respect those still on the lines,” Kirby-Smith said.

For anyone who wants to go see the statue at its new location, it’s at the Trafford Road entrance of Byrd Park.

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