Anthem Veterans Memorial

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.

The Anthem Veterans Memorial, located in Anthem, Arizona, is a monument dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of the United States armed forces. The pillar of pride provides a place of honor and reflection for veterans, their family and friends, and for those who want to pay their respects and honor those service men and women who have and continue to courageously serve the United States.

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Five Pillar Significance

  • 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.

  • 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.

Additionally, the brick pavers within the Circle of Honor are inscribed with the names of U.S. servicemen and women, symbolizing the 'support' for the Armed Forces. The pavers are red, the pillars are white, and the sky is blue to represent America's flag. The circle represents an unbreakable border.

Learn about "Engineering Behind the Memorial," with Jim Martin, Chief Engineer.

Proudly Fly Old Glory… Flag Display Days

Proudly Fly Old Glory… Flag Display Days

New Year’s Day January 1 National Korean War Veterans

Inauguration Day (Presidential) January 20 Armistice Day July 27

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 3rd Monday in January Labor Day 1st Monday in September

Lincoln’s Birthday February 12 Patriot Day and National Day of Service

Washington’s Birthday and Remembrance (half-staff) September 11

(President’s Day) 3rd Monday in February POW/MIA Recognition Day 3rd Friday in September

Easter Sunday variable Constitution and Citizenship Day September 17

Mother’s Day 2nd Sunday in May Columbus Day 2nd Monday in October

Peace Officers Memorial Day (half-staff)* May 15 Navy Day October 27

Armed Forces Day 3rd Saturday in May Veterans Day November 11

Memorial Day (half-staff until noon) Last Monday in May Thanksgiving Day 4th Thursday in November

Flag Day June 14 National Pearl Harbor

Father’s Day 3rd Sunday in June Remembrance Day (half-staff) December 7

Independence Day July 4 Christmas Day December 25

And such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States, the birthdays of states (dates of admission), and on state holidays. Information outlined above is part of the Federal Flag Code or enacted by Federal legislation, fly your POW/MIA flag with your United States flag on Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Veterans Day. For more information regarding flag history, Federal Flag Code, or how to properly display the U.S. flag, refer to the VFW Website, www.vfw.org.

*The flag shall be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day, unless that day is also Armed Forces Day.

Balboa Parade

Newport Harbor Lodge Takes Part in the 2016 Balboa Island Annual Parade

That was us on Sunday, June 5! The little cart in the picture below, dressed up in red, white, and blue decorations is one of the Downtowner carts that park at the rear of our lodge. It was perfect for displaying our lodge sign and carrying a few lodge members in this small, 2-block long parade on Balboa Island. In front of the cart, Inner Guard Rick Van de Walle, was carrying the Elk flag. Rick was hidden by the flag, oh shucks! Girl Scouts from Troop 3175, sponsored by Newport Harbor Elks, walked alongside the cart passing out Elks Drug Awareness color books and crayons, and American flags to children along the parade route. This was a huge hit with the kids. The California Elementary School Band, which also receives sponsorship funds from Newport Harbor Elks, marched behind the Elk’s Cart playing their instruments for the fun and enjoyment of the crowd. Our lodge gets a lot of great publicity from this fun little parade! This is an annual event. Angela Anderson, Veterans Chairman and Sharron Dearborn, Leading Knight, pulled the lodge activities together for the parade. If you love a parade, watch for next year’s request for volunteers and join the fun.