Anthem Veterans Memorial is a monument dedicated to honoring the sacrifice and service made by members of the United States Department of Defense located in Anthem, Arizona. The memorial’s five white pillars represent the nation’s military branches and are ordered in the size of each service. Each pillar has an elliptical opening that slants downward toward The Great Seal of the United States. On Veterans Day (November 11) the design allows the sun’s rays to spotlight the Great Seal at precisely 11:11 AM.
This award-winning monument is surrounded by 750 red paving stones engraved with veteran names. The red pavers, the white pillars, and the blue Arizona sky represent the colors in the American National Flag.
The Anthem Veterans Memorial, located in Anthem, Arizona, is a monument dedicated to honor the service and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces.
At precisely 11:11 a.m. each Veterans Day (Nov. 11), the sun’s rays pass through the ellipses of the five Armed Services pillars to form a perfect solar spotlight over a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States.
This pillar of pride provides a place of honor and reflection for veterans, their family and friends, and those who desire to show their respects to those service men and women who have and continue to courageously serve our country. The five pillars represent the unity of the five branches of the United States military serving steadfast together. They are staggered in size with their appropriate military seal placements on each pillar based upon the Department of Defense prescribed precedence.
Jim Martin, the memorial’s chief engineer, explains the engineering behind it here
When the guns fell silent to end World War I