Bennett Steel (Sapulpa, Okla.) will be celebrating the topping out of the Folds of Honor headquarters building in Owasso, Okla. on June 16, 2021. Bennett Steel donated the structural steel erection work for the Folds of Honor building. The company started the project just last month and finished the building in record time without any recordable incidents.
“We want to give back to our community and nation and this is a great opportunity to honor our fallen and disabled soldiers by doing our part to help,” said President of Bennett Steel Inc. Dave Bennett. “We are honored to donate our time and labor for Folds of Honor.”
The 30,000 square foot, 3-story headquarters building will help Folds of Honor expand its mission of providing scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members.
“On behalf of our CEO/Founder Lieutenant Colonel Dan Rooney and the entire Folds of Honor team, we salute Bennet Steel and the ironworkers for their incredible support on our new headquarters project,” said Folds of Honor Executive Vice President of Operations and Relationships Lt. Col. Nick Nichols. “The new HQ will serve as a memorial for the service and sacrifice of the families we serve and enable us to ensure we leave no family behind. We are humbled and honored by the overwhelming support of this project and are eternally grateful to Bennet Steel and the ironworkers for their partnership.”
Fold of Honor’s journey began when founder Lt. Col. Rooney was on a flight home from his second tour of duty in Iraq. An F-16 fighter pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard and he became painfully aware of the reality families face when a loved one in uniform is fallen or disabled. As his flight landed, the pilot announced that it carried the remains of Corporal Brock Bucklin on board. Lt. Col. Rooney watched as Corporal Bucklin’s twin brother walked somberly alongside the flag-covered casket to meet his family on the tarmac. Among them was the deceased Corporal’s young son, Jacob. Lt. Col. Rooney decided to committ his life to helping spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members. Jacob Bucklin became the first Folds of Honor scholarship recipient in 2007.
Watch ironworkers hang the U.S. flag on the Folds of Honor HQ building for Memorial Day.