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.
The Honor Bell is the first tolling bell cast in U.S. history with the sole purpose of rendering a final honor to United States Service Members killed in action and United States Armed Forces Veterans. Is is tolled exclusively by veterans. It was commissioned and dedicated into service on Memorial Day, 2016. It is a custom-designed, thirty-seven-inch diameter, forty-inch tall, stationary bronze bell that weighs one thousand pounds.
The Bell's motto is "Forged From Honor." During the casting of the Honor Bell, artifacts from twelve deceased servicemen were added to the molten bronze, representing veterans past, present and future. With these artifacts forever part of the bell, it can be truly said that "the Honor Bell has been Forged From Honor."
The artifacts were transported in May 2016 from Denver, Colorado to the foundry in Cincinnati, Ohio, escorted by state chapters of the Patriot Guard Riders and other organizations. Upon reaching the border of each state, there was a transfer ceremony, passing on and entrusting the artifacts to the next state's group of riders The half-ton Honor Bell was cast especially for the Foundation by The Verdin Company of Ohio.
Once the bell was cast and mounted into its vehicle, representatives of the Honor Bell Foundation and the Bell Honor Guard accompanied the Bell on its journey back to Colorado, introducing this symbol of tradition and respect to the public at a number of stops. The Honor Bell was dedicated for service at a Memorial Day 2016 ceremony.
Testimoniral from Funeral Family
From Dena, daughter.
Corporal US Army
Funeral service 10/21/16, 100th Service performed
Dad was extremely quiet about his time in the Army. Should someone talk about Korea or bring pictures he would share a story here and there. He wouldn't boast but a person could sure tell he was proud for serving his country. He showed his honor to his country by living his life serving his family, friends, and people he would just meet with commitment and dedication. It showed in his family, his work, and in his play; the way he would help people any way he could; the way he gave everything he had to this life.
Knowing the bell was forged from honor for the people who fought to defend our communities, families, and way of life; it truly meant the world to us knowing it was there to honor the man we saw defend and take care of people our whole lives. Add the Honor Bell to taps and the 21 gun salute and there is no greater way we could possibly think to tribute Dad; our own fallen warrior. A secondary special addition was having my nephew and grandpa, veterans, able to ring the bell for him.
Thank you so much to the men and woman who volunteer for this very special memory. It truly means the world to us to honor someone we loved so much in such a meaningful way.