Every year on November 11 (Veteran’s Day) at exactly 11:11 a.m. local time, something very special happens at the Anthem Veterans Memorial located in Anthem, Arizona. The sun’s rays pass through ellipses carved into the five Armed Services pillars at the memorial and form a perfect solar spotlight over a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States on the ground below.
The Anthem Veterans Memorial is dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of United States armed forces. It is a place of reflection and honor for veterans and their families and friends.
The memorial was designed by Anthem resident Renee Palmer-Jones. Each of the five pillars represents one of the branches of the U.S. armed forces, arranged in size according to the prescribed precedence by the Department of Defense. Starting from the tallest, they are the United States Army, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy, United States Air Force and United States Coast Guard.
The bricks inside the Circle of Honor are all inscribed with the names of over 750 U.S. servicemen and women. The red bricks, white pillars and blue sky represent the American flag.
Veterans Day in the United States coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, all of which are holidays that celebrate the service and sacrifice of armed forces veterans (not to be confused with Memorial Day, which is just for those who died in service). The date is November 11th because World War I formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, i.e. 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 1918.
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