about the memorial
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The Anthem Veterans Memorial (AVM), located in Community Park, is a monument dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of our country’s armed forces. It is a place of honor and reflection for veterans, their families 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.
Purchase a veteran paver to be included in the Circle of Honor, or learn more about making a donation.
ceremoniesCeremonies are held each Memorial Day (9 a.m.) and Veterans Day (10 a.m.) at the Anthem Veterans Memorial.
The 2022 Veterans Day Ceremony will be held on Friday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. and is the 11th anniversary of the Anthem Veterans Memorial. Pre-ceremony concert by ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra will begin at 9:15 a.m. Lawn chairs/lawn blankets are encouraged as seating will be limited. LED screens will be available for enhanced viewing.
Keynote: Colonel Tom Kirk (USAF, Retired). Combat pilot: Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War. Vietnam War POW for over five and a half years.
Invocation: Petty Officer First Class Machinery Repairman Mary Lou Spicer (USN, Retired)
Mistress of Ceremonies: Lt. Col. Amber Cargile (USAF, Retired)
A special tribute to the USAF 75th Birthday and USN Carriers 100th Anniversary.
Music by ProMusica, AZ Chorale, and Orchestra, and the Musical Theater of Anthem.
legacy giving program
five pillar significance
- The five pillars represent the unity of the five branches of the United States military serving steadfastly together.
- Staggered in size with their appropriate military seal placements on each pillar, the pillars are arranged in Department of Defense order of precedence.
- At precisely 11:11 a.m. each Veterans Day (Nov. 11), the sun's rays pass through the ellipses of the five Armed Services pillars to form a solar spotlight on the glass mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States.
- The brick pavers within the Circle of Honor are inscribed with the names of U.S. servicemen and women, symbolizing the 'support' for the Armed Forces. The pavers are red, the pillars are white, and the sky is blue to represent America's flag.
- The circle, flanked by two "Soldier Rows," represents an unbreakable border.
Learn the "Engineering Behind the Memorial," with Jim Martin, Chief Engineer.
The Anthem Veterans Memorial copyright is shared by the Anthem Community Council and artist Renee Palmer-Stevens. Duplication of this monument is forbidden.
honors and awards
- Arizona Historic Landmark Designation 2012 – Arizona Historical Society
- Arizona Public Works Project of the Year Award 2012 – Arizona Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA)
- ACEC 2012 Grand Award – Best Engineering and Environmental Consulting Project – American Consulting Engineers Companies
- America Vietnam War Commemoration Partner
- Time-lapse of the iconic 11:11 moment, filmed Nov. 11, 2015
- Aerial footage of the solar spotlight, filmed during the winter viewing on Jan. 30, 2016
- Watch the 2018 Veterans Day Ceremony (keynote by SP4 Jim Zwit, USA Retired)
- Watch the 2019 Veterans Day Ceremony (keynote by CW3 Matt Woodruff, USAR)
- Watch the 2020 Virtual Veterans Day Ceremony