Robert Gregory stands with his family under the blue Arizona sky and looks over the Anthem Veterans Memorial (AVM). He is moments away from placing a paver within the Circle of Honor at the AVM recognizing his service, along with pavers honoring other members of his family. Gregory served as a Cryptologic Technician in the Navy during Vietnam and currently resides in Albuquerque, but he learned of the AVM through his daughter, who lives in Anthem.
“The Memorial is beautiful,” Gregory said. “I’m glad my family, who lives in Anthem, will be able to visit these pavers and share their stories.”
Gregory and his family’s pavers were included in the 61 pavers that were installed at the AVM on February 1, which marks the largest installation in recent years. Many of the pavers placed had the veterans themselves, or their family, present to witness the placement of the engraved bricks.
Among the 61 pavers installed, there were:
- Five Purple Heart recipients;
- One Ace (five or more confirmed downed enemy planes);
- Six different wars represented;
- Six branches of the Armed Services represented; and
- The Circle’s first K9 veteran.
The next paver installation is scheduled for April 12. The deadline to submit an order form is February 16. There are two ways to order a paver for a veteran: visit the AVM webpage on this site, or stop by the Civic Building and fill out a form at the second floor reception desk. All paver purchases are tax-deductible.