Turner came to the job at a time when the Honor Bell was performing a rapidly increasing number of Bell Honors missions.Read More
The Honor Bell Foundation has partnered with several Colorado judicial districts who operate veterans courts. These are a type of problem-solving court designed to serve justice-involved military and former-military members with substance abuse and mental health needs through intensive supervision and treatment. Find out more here.Read More
Recently retired from the US Navy after 24 years of service, Tracy Turner was hand-selected by the late former Executive Director Lou Olivera. We are fortunate to have Turner on board and grateful for his service.Read More
KOA Radio's Colorado's Morning News With Steffan and April will be hosting us on the 25th to hear more about the Honor Bell, stories behind the military artifacts used in its casting, and the veterans that are tolling it as part of the Bell Guard.Read More
Since we began tolling the bell at funerals and memorials earlier this summer, we have met so many great families who were willing to share these special moments with us and allow us to show the gratitude of our brothers and sisters who have passed.Read More
Artifacts from deceased #veterans are headed from Colorado to Ohio to become part of the Honor Bell! This video shows members of the Bell Honor Guard and the Colorado Patriot Guard Riders performing a dignified transfer of the artifacts, which will be escorted through Colorado to Kansas by the CO PGR.
The Honor Bell team left this morning, from the Colorado Freedom Memorial, with members of the Colorado Chapter of the Patriot Guard Riders and Rolling Thunder CO 1 providing an escort. Stay tuned for more updates from the Birth of the Bell Tour.
An elite corps of volunteers known as the Bell Honor Guard is now open to all veteran volunteers and members of Colorado’s Veterans Service Organizations. The Bell Guard will toll the Honor Bell in final tribute to their brothers and sisters at funeral services. Becoming a member of the Bell Guard allows veterans from all branches of service, generations, and conflicts to work together toward a common goal.
“Since leaving the Army 25 years ago, I realize I feel best when I'm interacting with fellow veterans. That camaraderie is felt again when I work as a team to honor those that severed as I did.” –Lou Olivera
Working as a true team, the Bell Guard will be composed of several tolling parties, each with three members: the Belladier, the Bell Guard, and the Bell Major. The Belladier is responsible for rendering Bell Honors (tolling the Honor Bell seven times) and seeing that it is completed with dignity, honor and respect. In order to protect and preserve the sacrosanct purpose for which The Honor Bell was enshrined, the Bell Guard will stand at the ready to ensure that the Bell is not tolled except to render Bell Honors, and then only by the Belladier. The Bell Major is extremely important for successfully rendering Bell Honors: from the beginning to the completion of the tolling ceremony he or she is the eyes and ears of the Belladier. Using hand and arm signals, he or she will control the cadence, volume, and number of tolls to create a successful Bell Honors ceremony.
“The veterans we are burying today are made up of that small portion of the population who served their country with commitment and dedication. The Bell Honor Guard affords me the opportunity to recognize and honor their service.” –Bob Dawes
If you are a veteran —or know a veteran— looking for a way to help your fellow service members or give back to your community, we would love to have you join our team. Time commitments are expected to range from one to two days per month. All services will be held at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in the south Denver Metro Area.
If you would like to be a part of this special team, please get in touch by filling out this short form, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be honored to have you serve as one of the very first members of the Bell Honor Guard.