BECOME A PART OF THE BELL HONOR GUARD TODAY.
The Bell Honor Guard is open to all veterans, including members of Veterans Service Organizations, and to active-duty servicemembers.
The Bell Guard will toll the Honor Bell in final tribute to their brothers and sisters at funeral services. Becoming a member of the Bell Guard allows veterans from all branches of service, generations, and conflicts to work together toward a common goal.
The Bell Guard protects, maintains, and operates the Honor Bell at veteran funerals and memorials. The Guard also participates at education venues and other activities featuring the bell. A Tolling Party, made up of three Guard members, comprises the escort and operational detail for Bell Honors missions:
- A Belladier tolls the bell. He or she is responsible for rendering Bell Honors and seeing that it is completed with dignity, honor, and respect. The Belladier takes commands from the Bell Major.
- The Bell Sentinel stands at the ready to safeguard the Honor Bell, ensuring that the bell is not touched by un-gloved hands, and that it is not tolled except to render Bell Honors by the Belladier.
- The Bell Major marks the time for each toll by the Belladier, using a mace to count out each toll at a specific tempo and volume. They take their cue to toll the bell from the Bell Liaison, who is present with the family at the committal shelter, and initiates the command to toll the bell through the Bell Major.
What to expect:
The Honor Bell tolls nearly every weekday, between one and three times daily, exclusively at Fort Logan National Cemetery in South Denver. We expect the number of Bell Honors to increase as more veterans’ families hear about the Bell Honors program and ask for the bell to be tolled at their veteran’s service. The Honor Bell is also tolled at group memorial service events on the weekends, usually once a month or less. Our schedule and calendar of Bell Honors missions is posted using the online tool Schedulicity. There, you can view upcoming missions, sign up online for bell guard duty, and receive reminders for those services.
You can expect to serve in a Tolling Party several times a month, depending on your availability and the bell’s schedule. The Honor Bell Foundation will provide Tolling Parties with lunch, water, and uniforms (jackets and ties). You will be responsible for transportation to Fort Logan on days that you are needed, as well as a basic white button-down shirt, black pants, shoes, and military ribbons.
Sign up now:
Fill out this short form and we will contact you to discuss how you can play an important role in recognizing Colorado's veterans.
Volunteer to serve for specific dates and times here.
If you are already signed up as a member of the Bell Guard you can review available Bell Honors dates and times and volunteer for specific ones here.