On Memorial Day, at long last, we dedicated the Honor Bell. In a ceremony at Fort Logan National Cemetery, the bell was tolled for the first time where it will serve to honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans. Read more here.Read More
Verdin captured live-streamed video from the Honor Bell casting ceremony:
We are fortunate to have so many great organizations, from so many different industries, supporting the mission of The Honor Bell Foundation. These sponsors have provided logistical, in-kind, and monetary support to ensure that the Foundation can carry out 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.
Our Forged From Honor Artifact Dedication Event will bring together military medals, dog tags, and other artifacts from a dozen deceased service members, which will be melted down and incorporated into The Honor Bell when it is cast in May. This will make the Bell truly "Forged From Honor." These artifacts represent conflicts from World War II through Operation Enduring Freedom, and come from all five branches of service. They represent a wide range of military experiences, from Medal of Honor recipients to reservists. This all-encompassing group symbolizes the Bell's mission to provide a final honor for all veterans.
These sponsors have come together to help make our artifact dedication event a success. Please join us in thanking them!
Earlier this month, Honor Bell Foundation staff traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio, to sign a contract with Verdin Company to commission the casting of our first Honor Bell. Foundation Executive Director Lou Olivera and Verdin Company President Jim Verdin did the honors, signing the contract documents in front of the massive furnace that will pour the thousand pounds of bronze—including the artifacts from Colorado’s veterans—into the bell’s mold.
“Signing this contract with Verdin brings us one step closer to realizing our vision for the Honor Bell,” said Olivera. “It shows our commitment to honor Colorado’s veterans and to those who are supporting us in this mission.” The Honor Bell will be cast at Verdin’s foundry along the Ohio River in May 2016. Verdin has been manufacturing bells in America for over 170 years and is the only foundry in the country that can cast a bell as large as the 1,000-pound Honor Bell.
The next steps in fabrication are completing the bell design, acquiring donated artifacts from the families of deceased Colorado veterans, finalizing the schedule for the artifacts’ transport to Verdin, the casting and finishing of the bell, and tour of the finished Bell back to Colorado for its dedication on Memorial Day.
We were excited to witness the casting process at Verdin Bell yesterday! The process of melting the bronze ingots and then pouring the molten metal into the bell mold is awesome to watch. Here’s one thing that will make the Honor Bell truly unique: when the Honor Bell is cast, the history of Colorado’s fallen service members will be cast within it. We will place military badges, medals, and dog tags from every branch of service into the molten bronze when it is cast, making the bell truly “forged from honor.”
We are asking for your help in locating appropriate artifacts from our state’s military heritage for inclusion into the Honor Bell. The artifacts should represent all branches of our nation’s military and come from deceased Colorado service members. We would be honored to include items from any service member, from any conflict, in the Honor Bell. If you have an artifact to donate, please fill out this short form and we will contact you. Thanks for helping to make the Honor Bell truly Colorado’s Honor Bell!