The Free Press, Mankato, MN

May 18, 2013

Bell of Honor sign of respect for heroes


The Mankato Free Press

---- — Recently, I had the opportunity to go to the North Mankato Funeral Home for David Sandmeyer’s military visitation. It was a very moving experience.

Sandmeyer was the young man who was a 21-year-old Marine from Mankato. He was stationed in North Carolina and was killed in a motorcycle accident May.

While at the funeral home, the Bell of Honor was there along with the Patriot Guard. At 8 p.m. the bell tolled seven times for Sandmeyer and his family.

My husband and I had never experienced a military visitation before. It was a very moving experience and one that more people should know about.

The Bell of Honor is done as a sign of respect and honor for fallen heroes. Whether you are active military or a veteran of war. The primary mission is to show the utmost respect and honor to the individual and their family. The bell tolls for responded, served, protected, defended, sacrificed, suffered and its seventh toll signifies loss of life.

This is a way for the community to come together. The Bell of Honor charges nothing,­ this is all done through donations. It was amazing to see what all they do.

They travel many miles to serve many military and their families. I am proud that I happen to be in the right place at the right time. Thank you, David Sandmeyer for serving our country. Gone but not forgotten.

Marsha Murphy

North Mankato