In Anthem, Arizona, a memorial shines in commemoration for those who have served in the United States armed forces. The Anthem Veterans Memorial offers a place to honor and reflect upon the sacrifice those men and women have made.
Every year on Veterans Day, at exactly 11:11 am, sun rays shine perfectly through five pillars that symbolize the unity of the five branches of the United States Military. Jim Martin, chief engineer and Anthem resident, is responsible for aligning them precisely.
In the memorial designed by Renee Palmer-Jones, the staggered pillars (from 17 ft to 6 ft) are in order of highest rank to lowest, according to the Department of Defense. First is the United States Army, then the United States Marine Corp, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force, and finally the United States Coast Guard.
The marble pillars sit atop bricks with the names of over 750 servicemen and women, also known as the Circle of Honor, which represent the ‘support’ for the armed forces. To symbolize the American Flag; the bricks are colored red, the pillars are white, and the sky represents the final color, blue.