The Anthem Veterans Memorial (AVM) held in Anthem, Arizona is a monument that stands to honor the men and women who served or currently serve in the United States armed forces. While it remains in the same position all year round, it is only “ready” to be fully appreciated at a specific time.
At exactly 11:11 a.m. on Veterans Day, which is November 11th, the sun’s beams pass through the holes of all five pillars, illuminating The Great Seal of the United States of America. The five pillars signify the unity of the five separate branches of the United States military working and serving together.
The reason for the differences in size is to represent their corresponding military seal placement. This is based on the Department of Defence’s prescribed precedence. Standing together on a regular day but on this particular day they are a special sight to behold and a great show of respect to those who have sacrificed so much for their country.
Much consideration went into creating the monument. It was not just a matter of ensuring that is aesthetically appealing but because of its particular feature of showcasing the seal, it was important that the placement and design were impeccable.
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