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Anthem Veterans Memorial, Anthem

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The Anthem Veterans Memorial is a monument located in Anthem, Arizona which was dedicated in 2011 to honor the sacrifice and service made by members of the United States Armed Forces.

The memorial's five white pillars represent the nation's military branches and are arranged in Department of Defense order of precedence: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. 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 11:11 AM Mountain Standard Time. The design goal was 11:11:11 AM, but the variations each year cause the precise alignment over the next 100 years to be between 11:10:58 and 11:11:22.
Due to the leap years discrepancy between the official and astronomical calendar the effect can be observed at least one day before or after Veterans Day as well.
The award-winning monument is surrounded by 2200 red paving stones engraved with the names of veterans. The red stones, the white pillars and the blue Arizona sky represent the colors in the flag of the United States.

Renee Palmer-Jones created the design for the memorial. The engineer for the memorial was James Martin.
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  • It was erected by the veterans of World War 1. World War 1 was a cruel place. Smoke and vapors that kill people. They fought against the Germans. At the end they won! Yah!  more »
  • The most unique Veterans Memorial I’ve visited outside of those at Washington, DC. The place to be on November 11th every year at 11:00. Nice job Anthem.  more »
  • A very beautiful and peaceful place to remember our Veterans. I would like to thank all of those and their selfless service to us and our community as well as our country. You all are amazing and this is a special place to remember all those hard times they fought for our freedom and right. Great place and highly recommend to anyone. 5 stars!!!
  • This park is great. There's a lot of walking paths and places to just sit and relax outside. The skate park is pretty good, although the kids are terrible with their language!

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