Memorials are structures or statues that are made in remembrance of a tragic event or a war hero who died serving his country! The Anthem Veterans Memorial (AVM), is one of the most beautiful and the most mysterious memorials in Anthem, Arizona. This amazing memorial hides an amazing secret that is only revealed once a year at 11:11 am. Read the article to know more…..
The Anthem Veterans Memorial (AVM)
The Anthem Veterans Memorial (AVM) just like any other memorial, this memorial was constructed in honor of the service and sacrifice of the United States armed forces.
The memorial has an amazing architectural structure!
The memorial has five strong pillars, each representing 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.
The unique design of the pillars!
Each pillar in the memorial has a unique design, each pillar has a circular hole or opening close to the top of each pillar. The openongs are at different heights as the pillars differ in height compared to each other.
The memorial still remains incomplete……
Even though the memorial was constructed in 2011, it still remain incomplete for the entire year except for one day! the memorial hides an amazing secret like you have never seen before, read on next page…..
A lot of consideration went into building this monument
A lot of thinking went into building this amazing monument that comes to life once a year! To start, the monument before building required a 100-year statistical data, the altitude and azimuth angles was studied.
A lot of other features were studied too!
Each pillar of the monument has a opening, the opening contains the Great Seal of the United States. When the sun rays passes through the openings something really amazing happens, read on next page…..
The magical moment once a year!
The city’s community council writes, “At precisely 11:11 a.m. [PT] 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.”
“The five pillars represent the unity of the five branches of the United States military serving steadfast together.”
The AVM’s chief engineer Jim Martin explained that, “Each year, the center of the sun is slightly offset from other years by just a few horizontal or vertical arc-seconds relative to the timing of the required azimuth/altitude position of the sun.”