The eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of the eleventh day - 11:11 a.m. on Nov. 11 - is a moment that has special meaning in Anthem because it literally causes the Anthem Veterans Memorial to shine. View time-lapse video to see the solar spotlight as the sun's rays pass through the five Armed Services pillars onto the mosaic of the Great Seal of the United States.
At the annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11, 2015, Col. Wanda Wright, USAF (Retired), delivered a stirring tribute to female veterans who have and continue to serve in the United States Armed Services. Staff Sgt. Abe Saiz, USMC, gave a Veterans Perspective of being wounded in battle and how his life was saved by Navy Corpsman Robert Crider - a stranger on the battlefield that became a lifelong friend. His words paid special tribute to the military medics, nurses and hospital personnel who save lives of servicemen and women every day.
Anthem resident Mary Ann Derryberry was presented the Anthem Veterans Service Award for her unwavering commitment to veterans through her many service projects, volunteer hours and as the 10-year chair of the Daisy Mountains Veterans Parade. Master of Ceremonies Senior Petty Officer Darlene M. Gonzales, USN (Retired), recognized veterans from each branch of the military and emphasized support for Vietnam War veterans. Boulder Creek High School's Bel Canto Honor Choir, under the direction of Kirk Douglas, provided special music, and cadets from the Sandra Day O'Connor High School Air Force Jr. ROTC stood guard at the Memorial.
More than 3,000 veterans, Anthem residents and visitors from across the country were in attendance at the annual ceremony, held in Anthem Community Park. Learn more about the Anthem Veterans Memorial.