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HONOR BELL TO TOLL FOR 3,000TH TIME

THE HONOR BELL 

“We are honored that the tolling of the Honor Bell has become such an integral part of military burial honors in Colorado over the last four-plus years. The sound of the bell’s seven solemn tolls at veterans’ services helps to show their families just how honored and respected their loved ones are for the service they performed for our country.”

The Honor Bell, a 1,000-pound bronze bell purpose-cast for honoring fallen military veterans, will toll its 3,000th Bell Honor on March 15th at 11:00 am, at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver. Bell Honors will be rendered for PFC William Berg, USMC. Berg served in the Korean War with the 1st Marine Division, and was present at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.

The Honors will be live-streamed on the Foundation’s Facebook Page.

The bell tolls at funeral and memorial services for Colorado’s deceased service members, primarily in the Denver area. The nonprofit Honor Bell Foundation’s corps of military veteran volunteers are responsible for tolling the bell daily at Fort Logan as well as at events throughout Colorado. “We are honored that the tolling of the Honor Bell has become such an integral part of military burial honors in Colorado over the last four-plus years,” said Chris Boyer, Executive Director of the Honor Bell Foundation. “The sound of the bell’s seven solemn tolls at veterans’ services helps to show their families just how honored and respected their loved ones are for the service they performed for our country.” The first Bell Honor was rendered in June 2016, with honors being performed an average of two and a half times per day since then.

Cast in 2016, the Honor Bell contains military artifacts from 12 deceased military veteran Coloradans. Spanning all five branches of service and conflicts from World War II through the Global War on Terrorism, these artifacts represent the service and sacrifice of all military personnel who have protected our country. The bell was cast by Verdin Bell in Cincinnati, Ohio, and transported to Denver in a custom-modified van which serves as the official Bell Transport Vehicle; the van allows the Honor Bell to toll for fallen veterans at any location across the state, and makes it possible for the bell to render honors at the several committal shelters within Fort Logan each day. The veterans who make up the Bell Guard are volunteers. The Honor Bell offers Bell Honors to any veteran interred at Fort Logan, and virtual tollings for any veteran anywhere, at no cost to the family. The Foundation is supported by public donations.

The Honor Bell Foundation’s mission is to create a community of veterans to foster public appreciation of military service and honor their fellow veterans with a proper, final tribute.

Honor Bell Foundation, Inc. is a Colorado nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation based in Denver. Its primary purpose is to provide a unique funeral honor for deceased military veterans through the slow ringing, known as tolling, of a ceremonial bell. The foundation also provides veteran outreach and community education.

To accomplish this mission, the Foundation produced the Honor Bell and renders “Bell Honors” at the funerals of U.S. military veterans and personnel killed in action to augment the dignity and respect that should be paid to those that have served our nation. In addition, the bell attends public events with a military or patriotic theme, and tolls in a memorial capacity. The foundation’s volunteers also attend programs in schools to educate young people about the significance of dignity, honor, and respect owed to our military and fallen heroes.

For further information please contact Chris Boyer at chris.boyer@honorbell.org or at (303) 241-9980. Additional background can be found at HonorBell.org.

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