The Honor Bell Foundation announced today that it has received a Daniels Fund grant to support its Bell Honors, Veterans Outreach, and Education programs.
As a result of a nationwide military drawdown and budget reductions, over 6,900 veterans who have honorably served their nation will not receive even reduced military honors at their funerals in fiscal year 2015. The Bell Honors Program involves the casting of a bell — the only one of its kind in the state — which will be tolled by veterans to honor fellow vets at interment and memorial ceremonies. This thousand-pound bronze bell will be dedicated on Memorial Day, 2016.
The Veterans Outreach Program will bring together vets from every generation to form a Bell Guard, which will toll the Bell at military funeral services and maintain the Bell when not in use. This program provides our veterans another way to serve their fellow service members and the community after their commitment to their country has concluded, and to assist in their transition into non-military life.
Preserving the legacy of our heroic men and women happens most effectively through education and the retelling of stories to younger generations. This will be the aim of the Foundation’s Education program. The Foundation will work with education professionals and veterans to develop programs that will allow students from all backgrounds to explore the values and beliefs that Americans embraced during the wartime service of our honorees.
“This generous grant from the Daniels Fund will enable our Foundation to cast this unique bell, and connect veterans from World War II through the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts together for a common purpose: honoring those who served and sacrificed”, said Louis Olivera, Executive Director of the Foundation.
Honor Bell Foundation is a Colorado nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation whose objective is to provide a unique funeral honor for deceased military veterans through the slow ringing, or tolling, of a half-ton, ceremonial bell — The Honor Bell. The foundation also will provide veteran outreach and community education. For more information, call 720-282-9182, or contact us here.
The Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program, and ethics initiative. Visit DanielsFund.org to learn more.