about the memorial
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The Anthem Veterans Memorial (AVM), located in Community Park, is a monument dedicated to honor the service and sacrifice of our country’s armed forces. It is a place of honor and reflection for veterans, their family and friends, and also is a place to show respect to those service men and women who have and continue to courageously serve our county.
Reserve the Anthem Veterans Memorial area for a special ceremony or event. All Community Park rules apply.
Ceremonies are held on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Though staff hopes that a traditional ceremony will be possible and is moving forward with planning accordingly, backup plans for the Veterans Day Ceremony are underway in the event that the full-scale ceremony cannot be held. The event generally brings nearly 5,000 people to the Anthem Veterans Memorial, and recognizes all veterans for their service to our country. A final decision and details about the ceremony, which will be based on guidance from public health officials, will be announced in October.
five pillar significance
- The five pillars represent the unity of the five branches of the United States military serving steadfast together.
- Staggered in size with their appropriate military seal placements on each pillar, the pillars are arranged in Department of Defense order of 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 solar spotlight on the glass mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States.
- 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, flanked by two "Soldier Rows," represents an unbreakable border.
Learn the "Engineering Behind the Memorial," with Jim Martin, Chief Engineer.
The Anthem Veterans Memorial copyright is shared by the Anthem Community Council and artist Renee Palmer-Stevens. Duplication of this monument is forbidden.
honors and awards
- 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
- America Vietnam War Commemoration Partner
- Time-lapse of the iconic 11:11 moment, filmed Nov. 11, 2015
- Aerial footage of the perfect solar spotlight, filmed during the winter viewing on Jan. 30, 2016
- Watch the 2018 Veterans Day Ceremony (keynote by SP4 Jim Zwit, USA Retired)
- Watch the 2019 Veterans Day Ceremony (keynote by CW3 Matt Woodruff, USAR)
Kristi Northcutt, Director of Communications and Public Affairs (ceremonies/media)
Marcus Petty, Communications Specialist (pavers)