The Anthem Veterans Memorial in Arizona gets a lot of attention on Veteran’s day, and after you see what happens at 11:11AM, you’ll realize why.
To honor the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for the freedom of others, this memorial was built to do something very specific on Veteran’s Day. To best honor the soldiers and military personnel, the date and time chosen was the precise end of World War I. World War I officially ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month back in 1918, and the symmetry was just too inspiring to overlook.
When the sun rises in the morning, the rays shine through exactly at 11:11AM, casting a perfect spotlight on a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States.The five marble pillars represent the five branches of the United States military, having been designed by Renee Palmer-Jones. The pillars stand in order in line with the Department of Defense, from the United States Army, the United States Marine Corp, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force, and the United States Coast Guard.
Using scientific calculations and a lot of data, the team responsible for the monument predict that the spotlight will line up perfectly with the mosaic for the next 100 years or so.
After that, the light will slowly change the time when the sun will illuminate the mosaic, and eventually, the date will change as well. But for now, it is a beautiful way to honor the people who served their country with everything they had.
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