In Anthem, Arizona there is a monument known as the Anthem Veterans Memorial (AVM). It is an interesting looking monument that is only able to reach it’s full potential once a year.
This unique monument turns into something much more beautiful than you would think at a specific time once a year. At exactly 11:11 on Veteran’s Day each year the sun’s ray’s pass through the ellipses of the five Armed Services pillars to form a perfect spotlight over a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States. A lot went into making this monument what it is and many wait each year to see the perfect solar spotlight it provides.
“Each year, the center of the sun is slightly offset from other years by just a few horizontal or vertical arc-seconds relative to the timing of the required azimuth/altitude position of the sun.”
“Using the statistical mean of the 100-year data, the altitude of the azimuth angles for the structure was adjusted to provide time/error fluctuation of plus or minus 12 time seconds from the international atomic time mark of 11:11:11 am. We also checked the variance 500 years out, and if the structure is still standing, it will work.”
Makes sense now doesn’t it? I could only imagine this beautiful structure being around for 500 more years. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? For those who do not know this memorial consists of 5 pillars, each one representing another branch of the United States military.
These pillars are huge, from 17 foot to 6 foot they tower above most. It has received several awards including the 2012 ACEC grand award for best engineering and environmental consulting project. If you haven’t seen this beauty in person chances are after seeing it below you will want to.
Please check out the photos below of this amazing monument before and during its once a year magic. I am in awe! This is quite the monument, I can see why people come from all over to see such a perfect moment. Have you ever experienced something like this?