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THE DEDICATION OF HONOR BELL #001: A WRAP-UP

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. A flag line was provided by the Colorado Chapter of the Patriot Guard Riders, and a number […]

HONOR BELL FOUNDATION ROAD TOUR TO HONOR VETERANS

On May 21, 2016, the newly forged Honor Bell will depart Cincinnati, Ohio, for its home in Denver, Colorado. The first public Bell Honors Ceremony will be performed at Great American Ballpark during the Cincinnati Reds game for their Military Appreciation event. On the journey home to Denver, the Honor Bell will stop at four National Cemeteries to perform […]

THE HONOR BELL IS CAST!

Previous slide Next slide Today The Honor Bell was cast in Ohio, and we were there! There were some truly powerful moments shared by everyone who attended, including the committal of 12 deceased Colorado and Wyoming veterans’  military artifacts into the molten metal that has become The Honor Bell. This is the first step in creating a tradition that […]

ON THE WAY TO OHIO.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8VPVLvINBI 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 […]

JIM WICKHAM’S HONOR BELL ARTIFACT

JIM WICKHAM WICKHAM’S CAP DEVICE Jim Wickham served four years in the Navy beginning in 1958, and another 22 years in the Coast Guard. He was awarded several good conduct medals and a Bronze Star. In the Coast Guard Wickham specialized in communications as a Radioman, spending time in Vietnam on gun ships going up the […]

JOHN TOTH’S HONOR BELL ARTIFACTS

JOHN TOTH TOTH’S REGIMENTAL INSIGNIA PIN John F. Toth was born in Allentown Pennsylvania. In 1949, after graduating high school, he enlisted in the Army, doing his basic training in the Heavy Mortar Company at Fort Lewis Washington. Toth was due for discharge in August 1950 but when the Korean War started in June 1950, […]

MARTIN TANNE’S HONOR BELL ARTIFACT

MARTIN TANNE AND HIS MOTHER TANNE’S PURPLE HEART MEDAL Martin L. Tanne signed up for the Merchant Marine Radio Operator’s School to train and serve aboard ships shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Halfway through the course, however, he decided to enlist in the Army. He completed infantry training in 1943, and was part […]

GEORGE SAKATO’S HONOR BELL ARTIFACT

GEORGE SAKATO SAKATO’S COMMEMORATIVE COIN George Sakato was born in 1921, growing up in California. His family, concerned they would be interned by the government, moved to Arizona. Sakato joined the US Army in March 1944. He volunteered to be part of the all-Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team and was assigned to 3rd platoon, Company E, 2nd Battalion. The […]

CHANCE PHELPS’ HONOR BELL ARTIFACTS

CHANCE PHELPS PHELPS’ ENLISTED DRESS INSIGNIA Chance Russell Phelps was a Private First Class — posthumously promoted to Lance Corporal — in the United States Marine Corps. He served with 2nd Platoon, Battery L, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment(3/11), 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Phelps was killed in Iraq as the convoy he was […]

KENNETH MELCHER’S HONOR BELL ARTIFACT

KENNETH MELCHER A BUTTON FROM MELCHER’S AIR FORCE UNIFORM Kenneth C. Melcher enlisted in the US Air Force in 1955. He retired at Lowry Air Force Base in 1978 as a Chief Master Sergeant. Ken then worked as an Air Force civilian employee until 1994. After retirement, Melcher volunteered for numerous veterans’ organizations. Melcher’s family […]