The Honor Bell took part in several events surrounding Memorial Day this year. We started the weekend at the Colorado Freedom Memorial, where several Veteran Service Organizations were on-hand to help honor the Coloradans who had served and lost their lives in combat. We had a guest belladier there, Mr. Louis Zoghby, who was a glider pilot with the 17th Airborne Division at the Battle of the Bulge. Next, we went west to Olinger Crown Hill Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, where we tolled the bell after a reading of the names of service men and women who had died in the past year. Later that afternoon we were present at the Englewood Veterans Memorial Remembrance. On Memorial Day we were “home” at Fort Logan National Cemetery, tolling the Honor Bell as part of their ceremony.
At each event there were hundreds of people who paid their respects, and many spent some time with the Honor Bell and its Guard. It was especially nice to see so many veterans, first responders, and kids there to learn about what it means to serve. We hope we were able to help not only honor those who had given their lives for our country, but also to help tell the story of those men and women who step up every day to serve in our armed forces and make the sacrifice to protect our country.