Anthem Veterans Memorial

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The Anthem Veterans Memorial

The Anthem Veterans Memorial is a monument located in Anthem, Arizona and 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 finally 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 precisely 11:11 AM. Evidently due to the leap years discrepancy between the official and astronomical calendar the light ray coincidence should be observed at least one day before and/or after the Veterans Day as well. [1][2][3]

This award-winning monument is surrounded by 1750 red paving stones engraved with veteran names. The red pavers, the white pillars and the blue Arizona sky represent the colors in the flag of the United States.

Engineer: James Martin


Awards include:

  • Arizona Historic Landmark Designation 2012 – Arizona Historical Society
  • Arizona Public Works Project of the Year Award 2012 – Arizona Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA)
  • ACEC 2012 Grand Award – Best Engineering and Environmental Consulting Project – American Consulting Engineers Companies


  1. ^ "Anthem Veterans Memorial". Anthem Community Council. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "- Veterans Memorial – America's Modern 'Stonehenge'". The News Talkers. Retrieved 7 June 2015. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Anthem Veterans Memorial". Archived from the original on 14 November 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 

Coordinates: 33°51′47.93″N 112°8′12.20″W / 33.8633139°N 112.1367222°W / 33.8633139; -112.1367222