Earlier this month, Honor Bell Foundation staff traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio, to sign a contract with Verdin Company to commission the casting of our first Honor Bell. Foundation Executive Director Lou Olivera and Verdin Company President Jim Verdin did the honors, signing the contract documents in front of the massive furnace that will pour the thousand pounds of bronze—including the artifacts from Colorado’s veterans—into the bell’s mold.
“Signing this contract with Verdin brings us one step closer to realizing our vision for the Honor Bell,” said Olivera. “It shows our commitment to honor Colorado’s veterans and to those who are supporting us in this mission.” The Honor Bell will be cast at Verdin’s foundry along the Ohio River in May 2016. Verdin has been manufacturing bells in America for over 170 years and is the only foundry in the country that can cast a bell as large as the 1,000-pound Honor Bell.
The next steps in fabrication are completing the bell design, acquiring donated artifacts from the families of deceased Colorado veterans, finalizing the schedule for the artifacts’ transport to Verdin, the casting and finishing of the bell, and tour of the finished Bell back to Colorado for its dedication on Memorial Day.