On May 21, 2016, the newly forged Honor Bell will depart Cincinnati, Ohio, for its home in Denver, Colorado. The first public Bell Honors Ceremony will be performed at Great American Ballpark during the Cincinnati Reds game for their Military Appreciation event.
On the journey home to Denver, the Honor Bell will stop at four National Cemeteries to perform Bell Honors in memory of all interred there. It will arrive in Colorado on May 24, beginning the day at Fort Lyon National Cemetery at 8:30 a.m. before heading to Pueblo and Colorado Springs and ending the tour at the Colorado Freedom Memorial in Aurora, Colorado, at approximately 3:15 p.m. In addition to a police escort though Ohio and Colorado, the road trip will be accompanied by veteran support motorcycle groups, including the Patriot Guard Riders and Rolling Thunder.
On May 28, the Honor Bell will toll in memoriam as part of the ceremonies at the Colorado Freedom Memorial. It then will be officially dedicated to Colorado veterans, past, present, and future, at 2:30 p.m.on Memorial Day, May 30, at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Thereafter, the bell will toll daily at Fort Logan National Cemetery for services of deceased veterans; this is a free service available to the families burying their loved ones there.
The Honor Bell Foundation collected service-related items—such as dog tags, medals, and badges—earned by twelve deceased veterans of Colorado; these were cast into the Honor Bell on May 9, making it truly, “Forged from Honor.” When the bell tolls in memoriam, the legacy of those and all Colorado veterans will forever ring.
The Honor Bell Foundation is creating a community of veterans to foster public appreciation of military service and honor their fellow veterans with a proper, final tribute. They will do this with the Honor Bell, a 1,000-pound bronze bell cast with artifacts from Colorado’s military servicemen and women and rung by Colorado veterans at funeral and memorial services.
More information on the tours, events, and the foundation can be found at www.HonorBell.org.