Forged From Honor Tour


Join us as we bring the newly-cast Honor Bell from the foundry in Cincinnati, Ohio to its home in Denver, Colorado.

We will be visiting four National Cemeteries between the Ohio River Valley and the Front Range. 

Conceptual rendering of the Honor Bell van with the Honor Bell on its extended tray, ready for use.

Conceptual rendering of the Honor Bell van with the Honor Bell on its extended tray, ready for use.

We will be providing the transport of The Honor Bell—now a magnificent instrument ready to honor those who have served and sacrificed, and forged with the aforementioned artifacts—the tour departs Ohio for its journey home to Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver.  The Honor Bell vehicle again is the center of all activities as the Bell is displayed and tolled using our customized slide system.

The route will take us through five states with stops at four National Cemeteries—again escorted by veterans and patriots from local motorcycle organizations.  At the cemeteries, we will perform the Bell Honors ceremony, tolling the Honor Bell for all those interred there.    

On the last day of the Tour, May 24, 2016, we enter Colorado and the last leg home. The day begins at Fort Lyon National Cemetery in Las Animas, Colorado; then a stop in Pueblo to visit the Center for American Values; Colorado Springs, and finally we end where we began, at the Colorado Freedom Memorial


Itinerary

We will be visiting a number of cities and towns on our way back to Colorado, including stops and Bell Honors Ceremonies at five National Cemeteries. Download a detailed itinerary here.


21 May

7:30 AM: Inaugural tolling by Foundation staff and veterans; news coverage, available for interviews
Verdin Company, 3900 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio

3:30 PM: Tolling ceremony at Cincinnati Reds/Seattle Mariners baseball game
prior to National Anthem, approximately 3:50 PM
Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Wy., Cincinnati, Ohio

9:00 PM: Rest Over Night
Springfield, Illinois


22 May

8:10 AM: Depart Springfield, Illinois

8:30 AM: Bell Honors Ceremony
Camp Butler National Cemetery, 5063 Camp Butler Rd, Springfield, Illinois

11:30 AM: Rest Stop
Fast Trip Convenience Store, 727 W Springfield Rd., Sullivan, Missouri

2:30 PM: Bell Honors Ceremony
Springfield National Cemetery, 1702 E Seminole St, Springfield, Missouri

3:45 PM: Rest Stop
Whole Hog Café, 224 W Sunshine St., Springfield, Missouri

5:00 PM Rest Over Night
Kansas City, Missouri
 


23 May

8:15 AM: Bell Honors Ceremony, Depart
Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Rd, Leavenworth, Kansas

10:45 AM: Rest Stop
Sapp Brothers, 1913 Lacy Drive, Junction City, Kansas

1:15 PM: Rest Stop
Hays, KS; specific location on the fly

3:00 PM: Rest Stop
Mitten Truck Stop, Hwy 40 E, Oakley, Kansas

4:45 PM: Rest Stop
Sinclair Gas, 44882 US Hwy 40, Cheyenne Wells, Colorado

6:15 PM (Approximate): Arrival at Kansas-Colorado State Line
US Highway 40

6:30 PM: Rest Over Night
Lamar, Colorado


24 May

8:00 AM: Depart Lamar, Colorado

8:30 AM: Bell Honors Ceremony
Ft Lyon National Cemetery, 15700 County Road HH, Las Animas, Colorado

11:15 AM: Bell Honors Ceremony
Pueblo Convention Center, Medal of Honor Memorial site; 320 Main St., Pueblo, Colorado

1:00 PM Bell Honors Ceremony
Colorado Springs; specific location tbd

3:15 PM End of Tour
Colorado Freedom Memorial, 756 Telluride St, Aurora, Colorado