The Anthem Community Council (ACC) approved the proposed expansion of the Anthem Veterans Memorial (AVM) at the April 2023 ACC board meeting. The proposal presented by Rear Admiral Ron Tucker (USN, Retired) on behalf of the 2023 AVM Expansion Committee. Haydon Corps, builders of the original AVM build, was approved as sole-sourced contractors for the project.
The AVM expansion adds 3,000 veteran commemorative pavers bringing the total to 5,400 in the Circle of Honor. Additionally, the project will include placing new lighting, adding two sidewalks to facilitate entrance to the memorial, updating flower beds, redirecting water away from the AVM pavers to provide water/dust relief, moving sponsor pavers to a new area, and installing enhancements to the tops of the pillars.
The $172,000 project will be funded through the Anthem Way Foundation, a 501c3 charitable organization. Any business or person interested in making a tax-deductible donation can find instructions at OnlineAtAnthem.com.
ACC thanks the 2023 AVM Expansion Committee: Mr. Jim Martin (chief engineer), Mr. Dan Cleland (landscape architect), Ms. Elizabeth Turner (fundraising/planning), Mr. Steve Seivert (Haydon Corps), and Mr. Mark Eklund (Haydon Corps).
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Anthem Veterans Memorial (AVM) is an award-winning project located in the Community Park of Anthem, AZ. The Memorial was dedicated Nov. 11, 2011 to honor the service and sacrifice of our country’s armed forces. It is a place of honor and reflection for veterans, their family and friends, and also is a place to show respect to those service men and women who have and continue to courageously serve our country. The AVM received Arizona Historic Landmark status in April 2012.
Anthem Way Foundation, formed in 2011, is the charitable arm of the Anthem Community Council. Its primary purpose is to provide for and accept donations for programs and services to maintain and support the Anthem Veterans Memorial.
Anthem, Arizona is a private master planned community located in Maricopa County, Arizona. The Anthem Community Council, Inc. serves as a unifying entity for the Anthem community. The mission of the Anthem Community Council, Inc. is to establish and maintain a governing structure which will preserve, protect and enhance the plans, policies, infrastructure and resources needed to support a sense of community, ensure sound economic development, and promote a quality of life for all Anthem residents.
Official press release (pdf)