“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.” - John Donne, Poet and Cleric
The tolling of a bell at a funeral has long signified honor, reverence, and remembrance. It’s a sacred symbol, used not only to mark the end of a life, but also to highlight the connection between all people. In generations past, bells rang to indicate that a person had passed from this life, and to ask the community for prayer to make that passage a smooth one. Today, the ringing of a bell is a respectful, dignified way to further honor those who have served our nation in the armed services. That’s why Horan & McConaty is pleased to partner with the Honor Bell foundation, in order to make the pealing of the Honor Bell an option for veterans and their families.
New to our state, the Honor Bell is a 1000 pound bronze forged instrument, created and managed by veterans, and funded by donations. While it was being cast, artifacts from those who have served were escorted to the foundry by state chapters of the Patriot Guard Riders, and added to the molten bronze, as a way to represent past, present, and future veterans. Once it is rung at a ceremony, it is silenced until the next Honors.
The Honor Bell is now available for veteran funeral services, and can be rung at the cemetery, or even at a church or chapel. As it is guarded and tolled by the Bell Honor Guard, its rich, somber tone impacts hearers with a visceral resonance, reaching a place that embraces and honors grief, while also offering comfort, and honoring those who have served our country. The tolling of the bell offers us a solemn moment, which will be remembered long after the funeral service is over, providing those who were there with the comforting knowledge that they paid this final honor to one who lived life well.
Horan & McConaty is privileged to support the Honor Bell and we look forward to making this available to veterans and their families. This is only one of the offerings we provide to help create a unique ceremony that truly celebrates the life of your loved one. For veterans, we offer a wide range of options which, depending on eligibility, can include a memorial U.S. flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate, a Veterans Administration headstone or marker, a military flag folder and presenter, and burial at Ft. Logan National Cemetery. We also offer full military honors for those who retired from the military, were disabled as a result of military service or died while serving on active duty. Contact Horan & McConaty today, to learn more about what we can offer you to celebrate a life well lived.