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.