Veterans Memorial

annual events at the memorial

Veterans Day Ceremony hosted by Anthem Community Council: November 11, 2023

The public is invited to Honor, Salute and Support our veterans and their families at the Anthem Veterans Memorial Annual celebration and ceremony. The annual patriotic event for the entire family includes music and videos, charity assistance and more. The morning culminates with the sun’s rays passing through the five military branch pillars to form a perfect spotlight on The Great Seal of the United States.

Breakfast will be available for purchase starting at 8:15 a.m. and ending at 10:00 a.m.
Vietnam War Era and Surviving Spouse Pinning begins at 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Ceremony will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

about the memorial

41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway | Anthem, Arizona | Get Directions

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.

anthem veterans memorial expansion

The Circle of Honor, recognizing the service of our veterans with a custom engraved paver, has reached capacity. Expanding the Circle gives current and future generations the tangible means to extol praise to their family and friends who served our country.

Anthem Veterans Memorial Expansion 2023

purchase a paver

Purchase a veteran paver to be included in the Circle of Honor, or learn more about making a donation.

Memorial Spotlight web_0

legacy giving program

Donating to the Anthem Veterans Memorial Legacy Giving Program is another way to continue your legacy while supporting the programming at the Anthem Veterans Memorial for the years to come.  Legacy Donation Information

jim martin stem scholarship 

The Jim Martin STEM $1,000 Scholarship, named for the chief engineer of the Anthem Veterans Memorial, provides a $1,000 scholarship to two graduating high school students who have excelled in mathematics and exemplified service to the community. 

Scholarship Donation Form
Scholarship Student Application

Scholarship applications available second Monday in January.

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 the 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.

avm news

June 16: Daughters of American Revolution Marker Comes to AVM

June 23: Test Your AVM Knowledge

June 30: The Order of Precedence - Military Seals on the AVM

July 7: The Meaning of The Great Seal and Its Role at the AVM

July 14: A Look Back at Memorable Moments at the AVM

July 21: Honor the Veterans in Your Life with a Commemorative Paver

July 27:  Remembering our Korean War Veterans

August 4:   About the US Coast Guard & Birthday Wishes

August 10: Honoring the AVM Partners- Part I, Daisy Mountain Veterans

August 16: Honoring Our Veteran Families

August 23: Honoring our Veteran Partners - Part II, Youth for Troops

August 30:  Honoring The AVM Partners- Part III, Sandra Day O'Connor USAF JRROTC Program

September 6: Meet Our AVM Music Partners- 2023

September 13: POW/MIA Day

September 27: AVM News: Invitation to Veterans Day Ceremony

October 4: Veterans Day Pre-Ceremony Festivities

October 11: Veteran's Day Festivities at the AVM

October 18: Veteran's Day Information and Keynote Speaker

October 25:  Veterans Day Ceremony Updates. Introducing Major General A. Fields (USMC, Retired)

November 1: Ten Days Until Veterans Day, Veterans Day Ceremony FAQ's

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


avm contact

Anthem Community Council
(623) 742-6050