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In 2016, the Honor Bell Foundation cast the first bell specifically to honor veterans at their passing. Since Memorial Day of that year, the Honor Bell has tolled at Fort Logan National Cemetery for nearly 2,000 military veteran funerals. The Foundation is pleased to announce that it intends to create a second Honor Bell to serve Pikes Peak National Cemetery in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area.

From its founding in 2014, Honor Bell Foundation has worked to create a community of veterans to foster public appreciation of military service and honor their fellow Veterans with a proper, final tribute. We do this with the Honor Bell, a 1,000-pound bronze bell cast with artifacts from Colorado’s military servicemen and women, that is tolled by Colorado’s veterans at funeral and memorial services.

Since the original bell was cast, it has tolled at hundreds of Fort Logan National Cemetery funerals, and participated in public and educational events around the state. Over 500 veterans have had the privilege to toll the bell, volunteering their time to do so and honoring their brothers and sisters in arms. From a World War II veteran, to a Medal of Honor recipient, to a soldier just out of basic training—the impact of tolling the bell has touched many veteran lives, and the families of those laid to rest moved by its solemn tones.

The Denver area has embraced the Honor Bell; it has become part of the fabric of the veteran support community. Since the opening of Pikes Peak National Cemetery last year, the Colorado Springs community has expressed an interest in having an Honor Bell of their own. Honor Bell Foundation is now proud to announce the launch of our fundraising and awareness campaign to bring this second Honor Bell to Colorado Springs by Veterans Day 2020. The bell will also serve the cemetery at the US Air Force Academy, and private cemeteries in the area. As with the first bell, we will solicit military artifacts from the area to become part of the bell, making it truly “Forged From Honor.”

“We are excited to expand our mission and be able to honor more veterans and their families in Southern Colorado,” –Executive Director and Co-Founder, Michelle Mallin.

The Denver Honor Bell will make a public appearance at the Air Force/Army Football Game at the Air Force Academy on November 2nd. We will host a kickoff event at Elks Lodge #309, 3400 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs on November 21st at 5:30. Please follow the Foundation’s social media for details on that event.

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