The Honor Bell Foundation needs your help to bring dignified, final honors to our nation’s deceased veterans. We have created a 1,000-pound bell, called the Honor Bell, which veterans toll in lieu of or as a complement to other military funeral honors. But the bell will not be able to toll for every veteran who deserves it without your help.Read More
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
There has been interest in the Ohio press around the casting of the Honor Bell this week. Several news outlets helped to welcome the Bell's artifacts to Cincinnati on Sunday, and there were more present at the casting on Monday. Here's one of the stories on Monday's casting, from WCPO:
In just a week's time the Honor Bell team will be in Cincinnati, Ohio to cast the Honor Bell! We are driving the artifacts from Colorado to Ohio May 7–8, and casting them with the rest of the bell's bronze into the mold on the 9th. After the Bell has cooled, the mold broken away from it, and mounted onto its custom-built tray, we will bring it home May 21-24.
Join us on some or all of the journey! For details, visit our event page.
For generations, America has honored its veterans when they are laid to rest. We are continuing that mission with the Honor Bell, which will be tolled in tribute to those who have served and sacrificed for our nation by their fellow veterans.
Since we last updated you, we've raised $1,657 of the $10,000 still needed to cast the Honor Bell in May. We need your help to make the Honor Bell a reality! Whether it’s $25, $50, $100, or more, your contribution will ensure that a thousand pounds of bronze gets cast into a bell that will resonate with dignity, honor, and respect for our vets.
The Honor Bell will be cast out of bronze by one of the country’s oldest and most respected foundries, Verdin Company, in early May. Artifacts from deceased Colorado veterans will be placed into the molten metal to symbolize the dedication and service to which all our military service members have committed. The Bell will then be brought back to Colorado under the care of the Bell Honor Guard, and dedicated at Ft. Logan National Cemetery on Memorial Day.
Without you, the Honor Bell will not toll. We need your support to make it happen.
100% of donations received will be dedicated to the casting of the Honor Bell. Make your donation today.
Do you have a family member who served in the military? Do you have a Grandfather who served in WWII, an uncle who was in Korea, a mom or dad who served during Vietnam? Maybe your brother was in the the War on Terror, or you had a friend that was never in a conflict, but served their country honorably as a member of our armed services?
The legacy of Colorado’s military heritage will live on in the Honor Bell. When the Bell is cast, we will place military badges, medals, and dog tags from every branch of service into the molten bronze, making the Bell truly “forged from honor.” We have secured the donation of the first two artifacts to be cast into the Honor Bell: a Special Forces Crest and Combat Infantryman's Badge from an Operation Enduring Freedom soldier.
We are asking for your help in locating appropriate artifacts for inclusion into the Honor Bell. The artifacts should represent all branches of our nation’s military and come from deceased Colorado, Wyoming, or Utah 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 reflect our nation's pride in its heroes.
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!