A first-of-its-kind bell that honors America’s fallen troops debuts at Fort Logan National Cemetery.
Denver Magazine Article By Kasey Cordell
More than 1,000 veterans are laid to rest nationally per day. Sadly, a lack of appropriated Department of Defense funding means that some of them are buried without the full military honors required by the National Defense Authorization Act. The Denver-born Honor Bell Foundation wants to help fix that. This month the nonprofit unveils a three-foot-wide bell that can be tolled at funerals when there might otherwise be little formal military display. The 1,000-pound Honor Bell, which is the first of its kind in the country, was made, in part, from melted-down metal artifacts from Colorado veterans. All told, the families of 12 Colorado veterans donated medals, insignia, and other memorabilia from their loved ones. Eventually the Honor Bell Foundation hopes to put such bells, which cost about $50,000 each to make, in every U.S. national cemetery. But the very first one will remain at Fort Logan, the final resting place of more than 100,000 veterans. Here, meet some of the Colorado men whose service is now, quite literally, a part of that bell.
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