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THE MEANING OF THE HONOR BELL’S SEVEN SOLEMN TOLLS

AT EACH FUNERAL OR MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR A VETERAN, THE BELL GUARD TOLLS THE HONOR BELL SEVEN TIMES.

THE BELL IS TOLLED SEVEN TIMES, WITH SEVEN SECONDS BETWEEN EACH TOLL. THE SEVEN TOLLS REPRESENT THE MANY STAGES IN A VETERAN’S LIFE. EACH TOLL HAS A SPECIFIC MEANING:

THE HONOR BELL BEING TOLLED AT A SERVICE FOR UNCLAIMED REMAINS AT FORT LOGAN NATIONAL CEMETERY IN DENVER, COLORADO.

Toll One: The Choice to Serve

This toll represents the veteran’s willingness to sacrifice their life for their country; a dedication to which few are called.

Toll Two: Camaraderie

The second toll represents the friendships, family, and unity that bond all service members together.

Toll Three: Patriotism

The third toll represents the veteran’s pride in their country, a duty to protect it, and the joy in celebrating the freedoms enshrined in our Constitution.

Toll Four: Respect

The fourth toll represents the respect given to a veteran by their community, earned by them and owed by us, for their service.

Toll Five: Dignity

The fifth toll represents the dignity with which a veteran’s community treats their fallen hero.

Toll Six: Honor

The sixth toll represents the honor that is due to a veteran when they have died, given by their fellow service members and community.

Toll Seven: The Value of Life

The seventh toll represents the ultimate sacrifice that the veteran has made. Whether killed in action, or after long years of quiet service, the value of a veteran cannot be adequately described by words alone.

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