Using the type of solar technology once used by the Egyptians, the Anthem Veteran's Memorial takes into consideration the very coordinates of the sun for November 11th -- Veteran's Day.
At 11:11am every Veteran's Day, the rays of the sun perfectly align and pass through the ellipses of these five Armed Services pillars and form a perfect round solar spotlight on the United States Great Seal.
The pillars are a place of honor and reflection for veterans, families, friends, and grateful strangers wanting to pay tribute to the sacrifice of veterans.
Anthem resident Renee Palmer-Jones designed the impressive monument.
The five marble pillars represent the five branches of the United States military: Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. They are staggered in size from smallest (6-feet) to largest (17-feet).
The red pavers, white pillars, and blue sky make for a striking display of our nation's colors. The names of over 750 servicemen and women are inscribed in the brick pavers within the Circle of Honor.
Another Anthem resident, Jim Martin, engineered the monument's solar alignment. The monument has earned several awards from the Arizona Historical Society, the American Public Works Association and the ACEC Grand Award.
The date of Veteran's Day coincides with the anniversary of World War I when the major hostilities were formally ended. This is when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. Today, the US celebrates Memorial Day to remember the men and women who died in service, and Veteran's Day to celebrate the service of all military veterans.
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