Anthem Arizona Veterans Memorial, an Arizona Hidden Treasure

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Arizona is home to many wonderful places for residents and tourists alike to visit and enjoy. Some are natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, or Kartchner Caverns. Others are man-made like The Hoover Dam or the Tumacácori National Historical Park.

All of these places and many other popular destinations can be easily found in travel guides or on Google maps, so it is no wonder these sites see thousands of visitors annually.

But there is one really wonderful place that rarely gets a mention. It is the Anthem Arizona Veterans Memorial, located in the Anthem Community Park in the suburbs just north of Phoenix.

The memorial is dedicated to honoring the service of members of the U.S. military, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

The monument's unique design is comprised of five white pillars each one representing one branch of the U.S. Military. The pillars are arranged in the Department of Defense order of precedence: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard, immediately opposite The Great Seal of the United States.

The monument was designed by Renee Palmer-Jones and Engineered by James Martin. The tallest pillar is 17 ft high and the shortest being 6 feet in height and each has an elliptical opening engineered with a fixed azimuth and a fixed altitude angle such that once a year on Veterans Day, November 11th at approximately 11:11 am, the sun shines through the five pillars casting a solar spotlight on the Great Seal.

Surrounding the award-winning monument are 2200 red paving stones engraved with the names of Arizona veterans. The red stones, the white pillars contrasting against the blue Arizona sky represent the red, white, and blue colors of the flag of the United States.

The park is located just off Interstate 17 at Anthem Way. There is no admission required to visit the memorial, but if you are in town on November 11th you can join in the annual Veterans Day ceremony and pay your respects to our honored veterans.

Want to know more? Visit the Anthem Community Council website at:


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Joseph Domino

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Comments (13)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Joseph, this would be quite the experience for an afternoon to walk through this memorial.

Apr 14, 2021 07:23 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Joseph- I would love to be there on November 11 to see this amazing once-a-year phenomenon.   We have visited our Veterans Memorial  here as well as the wounded warrior park. 

Apr 14, 2021 10:38 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376


What a wonderful place to visit anytime to honor all those who have fought so bravely. Seems so serene and magical that this would occur on 9/11 


Thank you so much for your entry to our April Challenge 

Apr 14, 2021 11:44 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Wow Joseph as many times as I've been out in Anthem I didn't know about this memorial.  Very cool.  Next time I'll be sure to take a look.  Thanks~

Apr 14, 2021 03:36 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Joseph, Good to know the next time I am in the area, I will make it a point to go there.


Apr 15, 2021 10:35 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

How beautiful. These lovely memorials tend to bring tears to my eyes, and they are worth a thoughtful  and appreciative visit. 

Apr 16, 2021 06:46 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Apr 17, 2021 06:00 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Joe - this is really a meaningful tribute.  It is great planning to line the up with the sun on the 11th hour of veterans day.

Apr 18, 2021 05:06 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Joseph. Nice shoutout for this wonderful memorial. Enjoy your day.

Apr 18, 2021 05:12 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I'm so glad Kathy included this in her weekly post. And I said, "WOW" when I read about the annual event, and how it works. Great job by whoever engineered that memorial.

Apr 18, 2021 06:09 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

That is very cool, Joseph. Even more so when you consider what it represents!



Apr 18, 2021 03:49 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Joseph, 

I have heard of this, but not visited it yet.  I personally think that this type of ingenuity is simply amazing.  I would love to see it.  Thanks for sharing this.

Apr 18, 2021 04:11 PM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Joe, A stately, beautiful and poignant memorial that inspires reflection.

Apr 23, 2021 10:10 PM

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