FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Outside Mount Olivet funeral home in Fort Worth Pierce Vaughn has a big duty. Vaughn, 14, is tasked to ring a massive replica of the Liberty Bell.
It’s supposed to ring every 27 seconds in honor of his grandfather, David.
David Hall tolled the bell around the country to honor those served and comfort those left behind. But on Friday night, the sound of the bell comforts Hall’s own family and friends.
“It just reminds me of dad and what dad wanted to do,” says David’s son Aaron Hall.
Hall died earlier this week after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was part of the Patriot Guard Riders.
Friday night many stood tall with a flag to honor him. “We are not sure if God gave this bell to David or David gave the bell to God,” joked Mike Lambert, the Assistant State Captain for Texas Patriot Guard Riders.
What makes the bell even more special for many is the Ten Commandments written alongside it.
Those closest to Hall say it defined everything he was about. “David is the kind of person we would all want to be,” says Lambert “He was so incredible.”
Even though the ring may not be the same, Hall’s son’s will carry their father’s mission forward. “You can’t replace dad. You can’t replace David Hall. He’s as much the bell as the bell is the bell,” says Aaron Hall.
Hall was 60 years old. His funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Cathedral International, 1701 Oakhurst Scenic Drive, in Fort Worth.
In lieu of flowers, Hall’s family asked for donations to The Liberty Bell and Law Memorial Foundation at proclaimliberty.us