The Honor Bell has been very busy this month, with 70 Bell Honors rendered, several appearances at schools throughout the Front Range, and more. Keep up with what we’re doing by subscribing to our monthly newsletterRead 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:
We are getting everything set for our Artifact Dedication Event on the 24th! The latest news: Tony Kovaleski, investigative journalist for KMGH Channel 7 in Denver, will be our Master of Ceremonies. His career has included on-scene reporting from New York City in the aftermath of 9/11, the foiled plot of an Aurora man to bomb New York's subway, and a documentary that exposed a lack of on-site ambulances at Denver International Airport—a situation that changed after his report.
Earlier this year Matthew Colagrosso and Isabel Zuniga, attorneys for Medtronic plc filed an application for trademark protection for the Foundation’s logo with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as part of their generous pro bono work for the Colorado Legal Services/Colorado Nonprofit Pro Bono Legal Group. They met with us to learn more about the Foundation’s mission, how we intended to use the mark, and how the mark came into being. The application has been approved, and the logo, designed by Notchcode Creative, is now registered with the USPTO. Needless to say, we are excited to have our logo formalized as a trademark, and are honored to have Matthew and Isabel work so diligently on our behalf! Thanks Matthew and Isabel!
Bob Dawes knows vets. For the last ten years, Dawes has helped veterans build confidence, their ties to one another, and other tools to help them reintegrate into civilian society. Through his work creating the Outward Bound for Veterans Program, serving as President of the Worldwide Army Rangers, Commander of the Aurora chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) as well as the Colorado MOPH Department Senior Vice Commander, Dawes has brought vets together. "Veterans who have honorably served their country have sacrificed a great deal to protect freedom and our way of life deserve recognition and respect,” says Dawes. "They have asked very little in return and many have struggled to find a meaningful place in society."
As the Director of the Veterans Outreach, Bob will be instrumental in designing a veteran centric program, recruiting veterans through liaison efforts with Colorado's numerous Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs), and training vets for the Bell Honors Program. Veterans’ participation as Bell Honor Guards will build intergenerational relationships between vets, and help give vets a new way to serve, both their fellow service members and their community.
As Dawes says, “veterans' families have lived with their loved ones' sacrifices and struggles to the same extent — or in some cases even more than — the veteran. At the end of the day they need to know that the honor and respect that their loved one served with is recognized by a grateful nation, but more importantly by the people who truly understand their sacrifice: his or her fellow Veterans."
Dawes is a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, and later served as an Army Ranger School Instructor. Bob is a graduate of Ranger school, and received the Purple Heart Medal. We are honored and excited to have such a passionate and committed leader on our team.
Thanks to everyone who attended our December screening of Unbroken, we raised funds for and awareness of the Honor Bell and its unique mission to honor veterans and first responders. The Villager wraps up coverage of the event here.
Check out some images from the event below.