L-R: Erica Shields, Dean Brown, Michelle Mallin
Club Member, Erica Shields is a member of the Board of Directors of The Honor Bell Foundation. She recently helped arrange a special presentation to the Rotary Club of Littleton of the history of Honor Bell by the Foundation's Executive Director, Michelle Mallin.
The presentation was indeed informative and very moving. Michelle explained that throughout history, bells have been used to announce a death or to express the gravity of an individual’s passing. Honor bells are tuned to mourning. They are struck, note by note, to communicate the depth of sorrow and the extent of loss.
There is no better way to sound a tribute than by an honor bell. Its dignity complements the traditions and simplicity associated with military funeral rites, while its beauty offers a note of reverence.
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. It 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 Honor Bell's home base is Ft Logan National Cemetery, but it is also used at veterans' ceremonies throughout the state.