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Friday, March 3, 2017

THIS IS ONE GREAT MONUMENT TO THE PEOPLE THAT GUARANTEE OUR WONDERFUL LIFE



Tomorrow, March 4th is Hug a GI Day




I never knew about this before.  England's Stonehenge or Egypt's Karnak or Abu Simbel have nothing on us.  Our memorial even has a plaque pedestal to explain it all.  Archaeologists of the   future won't have to guess what the site is all about.  Why is it so
underpublicized?                  


 Once a year at 11:11 am the sun shines perfectly on this Memorial.  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 perfect solar spotlight over a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States.



Photograph by Mike Spinelli

The Anthem Veterans Memorial, located in Anthem, Arizona, is a monument dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of the United States armed forces.  The pillar provides a place of honor and reflection for veterans, their family and friends, and those who want to show their respects to those service men and women who have and continue to courageously serve the United States. 
   

The memorial was designed by Anthem resident Renee Palmer-Jones.  The five marble pillars represent the five branches of the United States military.  They are staggered in size (from 17 feet to 6 feet) and ordered in accordance with the Department of Defense prescribed precedence, ranging from the United States Army, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force and the United States Coast Guard.


Photograph via Anthem Community Council


Photograph via Anthem Community Council

Photograph via Anthem Community Council


Additionally, the brick pavers within the Circle of Honor are inscribed with the names of over 750 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 represents an unbreakable border.  Anthem resident and chief engineer, Jim Martin was responsible for aligning the memorial accurately with the sun.



Anthem Veterans Memorial
41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway 
Anthem, AZ 85086
(623) 742-6050



I mean no disrespect, but here are some cartoons about veterans:











The ideal man doesn't smoke, doesn't drink, doesn't do drugs, doesn't swear, doesn't get angry, & doesn't exist; but veterans come close----fishducky

 



17 comments:

  1. That monument is amazing. How special to catch that moment. I LOVED the old man casting a soldier's shadow.

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    1. He casts that shadow in his (& our) heart!!

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  2. Oh, my. Thank you, Lord, for these dear men and women who bravely kept our countries safe.

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  3. Ha! Just a piece of bacon from breakfast. Thanks for the inspiration and chuckles.

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    1. You didn't expect him to throw it away, did you?

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  4. That was inspiring. I feel sad for the last survivor marching alone in the parade.

    On the other hand, I enjoyed the bacon from breakfast, and the bottle cap to the groin during the cola wars!

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    1. Who knew a bottle cap could be a weapon?

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  5. Whoever designed that monument deserves a medal. That's ingenious.

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  6. really nice post and love the photos :)

    http://lucyandtherunaways.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Glad you liked it; welcome to my post!!

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  7. I'd never heard about that memorial. It's now on our must see list.

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  8. That Memorial is brilliant. I'm glad you shared it - thank you. I never knew.

    Have a safe and pleasant week, Fishducky.

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