Our Mission is to pay our respects to those that have served and those that are currently serving. To show them we value their service and have not forgotten them. To bring awareness to those around us of the courage and selflessness of these brave men and women. The 10th annual National Armed Forces FreedomRide – Colorado this year benefits Honor Bell Foundation in memory of Lou Olivera.
Join us as we dedicate The Honor Bell to those who have served and sacrificed for our country. Events will include a display of Bell Honors, performed by the Bell Honor Guard, a chance to see The Honor Bell in person, and to find out more about the Bell and its mission to create a community of veterans to foster public appreciation of military service and honor their fellow veterans with a proper, final tribute.
Be a witness to history as the Artifact donor families and the Honor Bell Foundation commit the very first Honor Bell to service at Fort Logan and it tolls there for the first time.
The Honor Bell and its Tolling Party will be a part of the ceremonies celebrating and honoring those who served our country. Learn more about The Honor Bell, the meaning behind its symbolism and use, and about the Bell Honor Guard.
The Colorado Freedom Memorial has invited us to take part in their annual Memorial Day ceremonies. Please join us as we help to honor Colorado's military servicemembers who have been killed in action since Colorado became a state in 1876. Witness a Bell Honors Ceremony, learn more about the Memorial, The Honor Bell, the meaning behind its symbolism and use, and about the Bell Honor Guard.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Join us as we shepherd twelve military artifacts to the Honor Bell's foundry in Cincinnati, Ohio.
We will be providing a transport of dignified military artifacts by roadway in the customized Honor Bell vehicle. These service related artifacts (dog tags, medals, badges, etc.) belonged to twelve deceased veterans from Colorado. The artifacts are sealed in a custom made (by a veteran owned business) display case that is secured on the slide until the Bell is cast.
Riders and drivers from patriotic and veteran support groups such as the Patriot Guard Riders, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, and Rolling Thunder will accompany the customized Honor Bell vehicle and ride along to show their support and ensure the dignified transport of the artifacts. At each state line we will conduct a brief ceremony to hand off the artifacts from the custody of one state group to another. These ceremonies, though brief, will be carried out with the reverence deserved for such items. The route will be direct along I-70 with a brief stop in Ellis, KS.
The tour is scheduled to begin early morning on May 7, 2016 at the Colorado Freedom Memorial and arrive in Cincinnati late in the day on May 8. We will have an official welcome ceremony at the foundry prior to the casting on May 9. The mold will be broken on May 12 revealing the Bell and preparing it for tuning, polishing, and mounting.
The tour will be a straight line route, with brief hand-over ceremonies near each border.
7:00 AM: Departure Ceremony
Colorado Freedom Memorial, 756 Telluride St., Aurora Colorado
10:15 AM: Dignified Transfer, Colorado to Kansas
Goodland Travel Info Center, I-70 East Milepost 7, Goodland, Kansas
1:45 PM: Awareness Event
5:00 PM: Rest Stop
I-70 East Milepost 310, Manhattan, Kansas
7:30 PM: Dignified Transfer, Kansas to Bell Honor Guard, Overnight Stop
Missouri Welcome Center 4010 Blue Ridge Cutoff, Kansas City, Missouri*
6:30 AM: Dignified Transfer, Bell Honor Guard to Missouri
Missouri Welcome Center 4010 Blue Ridge Cutoff, Kansas City, Missouri
9:15 AM: Rest Stop
I-70 East Milepost 167, Montgomery City, Missouri
11:45 AM: Dignified Transfer, Missouri to Illinois
Silver Lake Rest Area, 1-70 East Milepost 27, Highland, Illinois
3:00 PM: Dignified Transfer, Illinois to Indiana
West Terre Haute Welcome Center, I-70 East Milepost 1, West Terre Haute, indiana
5:30 PM: Dignified Transfer, Indiana to Ohio
Batesville Rest Area, I-74 East, Milepost 151, Batesville, Indiana
6:45 PM: Dignified Transfer, Ohio to Bell Honor Guard
Verdin Company, 2021 Riverside Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio