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In compliance with the state’s directives limiting public contact and to help ensure the safety of our veteran population, the National Cemetery Administration — including Fort Logan National Cemetery — is not conducting funeral services as of today. They will continue to conduct direct burials and inurnments, but no services can be held at this time.

Because of this change, all veteran service organizations that usually support the Fort Logan staff in their mission have had to suspend their operations at the cemetery. This includes All Veterans Honor Guard, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, Patriot Guard Riders, the Honor Bell Foundation, and others. Families will have the option to schedule memorials at a later date and we look forward to rendering Bell Honors then.

Over the past few weeks, like everyone else, the Honor Bell Foundation has been impacted by the spread of COVID-19, with several at-risk Bell Guards having to remain at home and Guards’ family members self-isolating to avoid exposure. Our first priority is the safety of our team, and we implemented a number of safety protocols leading up to today’s closure that minimized exposure and contact.

Even through this crisis, our mission will continue. In the short term, it may look a little different. We are exploring new ways to pay tribute to our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. But in the long term, we remain committed to honoring our nation’s service men and women by tolling the Honor Bell — to be joined by a planned second Honor Bell in Colorado Springs — in recognition of their

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