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Only Once A Year At 11:11 AM The Sun Aligns Perfectly To Uncover This Memorial’s Hidden Beauty
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Only Once A Year At 11:11 AM The Sun Aligns Perfectly To Uncover This Memorial’s Hidden Beauty

The Anthem Veterans Memorial (AVM) in Anthem, Arizona, is a monument in honor of the service and sacrifice of the United States armed forces. It is, however, “incomplete” 364 days per year. To fully appreciate it, you have to be there at a very specific time. And sun.

“At precisely 11:11 a.m. [PT] each Veterans Day (Nov. 11), the sun’s rays pass through the ellipses of the five Armed Services pillars to form a perfect solar spotlight over a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States,” the city’s community council writes. “The five pillars represent the unity of the five branches of the United States military serving steadfast together.” Those include the United States Army, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force and the United States Coast Guard. “They are staggered in size with their appropriate military seal placements on each pillar based upon the Department of Defense prescribed precedence.”

A lot of consideration went into building this monument. “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,” AVM chief engineer Jim Martin explained. “Using the statistical mean of the 100-year data, the altitude and azimuth angles for the structure were adjusted to provide time/error fluctuation of plus or minus 12 time seconds from the International Atomic Time mark of 11:11:11 a.m. <…> we also checked the variance 500 years out, and if the structure is still standing, it will work.”

More info: onlineatanthem.com (h/t twistedsifter)

The Anthem Veterans Memorial in Anthem, Arizona, is “incomplete” 364 days per year

Image credits: visitarizona

But at precisely 11:11 a.m. each Veterans Day (Nov. 11), the sun’s rays pass through the pillars to illuminate The Great Seal of the United States

Image credits: Mike Spinelli

“The five pillars represent the unity of the five branches of the United States military serving steadfast together”

Image credits: Anthem Community Council

“They are staggered in size with their appropriate military seal placements on each pillar based upon the Department of Defense prescribed precedence”

Image credits: Anthem Community Council

A lot of consideration went into building this monument

Image credits: Mike Spinelli

Using 100-year statistical data, the altitude and azimuth angles for the structure were adjusted to provide time/error fluctuation of plus or minus 12 time seconds

Image credits: Anthem Community Council

“We also checked the variance 500 years out, and if the structure is still standing, it will work”

Image credits: Mike Spinelli

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Ok Ha-Neul
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4 years ago

wow this is really amazing

AlishaPerry
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4 years ago

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I resigned my office-job and now I am getting paid £64 hourly. How? I work over internet! My old work was making me miserable, so I was forced to try something different, two years after...I can say my life is changed-completely for the better! Check it out what i do... http://cutt.us/OHemS

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Misterscooter
Community Member
4 years ago

A very cool way to honor U.S. Veterans. And because of this, every year it will draw attention and people to it who will likely see the day as more than just a day off from school or work.

Bo Bednar
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4 years ago

Actually, we didn't get school off, and we didn't even talk about it in class. Yay, Texas!

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Eyeball
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4 years ago

Well isn't that clever?

Megan Spainhour
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4 years ago

I'd love to see this.

Pi...
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4 years ago

It's like the Egyptian sun temple!

Andrew Keane
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4 years ago

And Newgrange in Ireland. Really makes you appreciate what they did back them more.

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cyberbird
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4 years ago

Majestic

Mhiller17
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4 years ago

Woah that’s awesome!

Sam Spade
Community Member
4 years ago

What about daylight savings time? Also, sorry to burst your bubble, but unless the date is June or December 18, the sun will shine at that particular angle twice a year.

Matt Fors
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4 years ago

you cant be serious? they dont observe daylight savings in arizona

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Ged Maybury
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4 years ago

Ummm, actually, there would be the equivalent day after the winter solstice too, 41 day past, to be (almost) exact. That would be approx January the 31st. Why I said "almost" is that this will vary anyway, thanks to the Leap Year Cycle. The precise timing will vary by upwards of a whole day. There'll be exactly ONE day every four years when the sun exactly aligns at that exact hour and minute. Cute idea, messed up by some inescapable astronomical realities.

varwenea
Community Member
4 years ago

That is SUPER cool. And Happy Veterans' Day to all the vets out there!

Albert Paul Fetalino
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4 years ago

Question. So in every other day can you still see the seal? Or not.

Echo
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4 years ago

Looks like sun light will make a perfect circle of light the size of the emblem on the ground. The emblem is always there.

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Flower Child
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4 years ago

Lovely!

Glynis Lailann
Community Member
4 years ago

What a wonderful way to honour War Veterans.

Marjorie Walters
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4 years ago

Beautiful Tribute to the Armed Services

Jasmina Wetherley
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4 years ago

so fucking awesome and creative

SRAMLNS
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4 years ago

I don't see it

dexskong
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1 year ago

SRAMLNS +

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Mark Erwin
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4 years ago

A meticulous brilliance...

Full Name
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4 years ago

The sun is so far away and the earth rotates as we both hurl through space so fast it's incredible to me how consistent it all is that they can get that light to within a couple centimetres year after year.

Johanna Kidd
Community Member
4 years ago

Very cool, amazing way to show respect&remember

Marysia Jawłowska
Community Member
4 years ago

That's really cool. Hardly a beauty though.

Dapur Cep Bobi
Community Member
4 years ago

this is so cool!!

Sonja Bracey
Community Member
4 years ago

I cannot understand why the Fox News did not report this yesterday and build it up for everyone to observe this happening today. Of all the great programs planned for our veterans, this should be historical

Howard Whidden
Community Member
4 years ago

How do leap years figure into this?

Tom Watson
Community Member
4 years ago

This is an amazing tribute to the men and women who are serving or have done military service for their country. The only issue is that their are proposals to start a United States Space Force. This monument may have to have a sixth pillar at some point in the future.

Martha Jones
Community Member
4 years ago

Excellent

Carola Kristin
Community Member
4 years ago

And then it's a rainy day without sun 😅

Roger Sorensen
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4 years ago

This should happen twice a year, about 30 days before (Veterans Day) AND after the winter solstice.

Echo
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4 years ago

Are you saying it should, or does?

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Jeanne Wright
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4 years ago

Rokas L ... Sadly you left out the Army in your description in the second paragraph above :( "Those include the United States Marine Corps, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force and the United States Coast Guard." Capture-5a...770b7f.jpg Capture-5a06f44770b7f.jpg

Sonia Lingsweiler
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4 years ago

Yes, thank you for noticing and saying something!!!

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Derek Giroulle
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4 years ago

It will do so twice a year also in spring it will

CatShatBrix
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4 years ago

I’m really sorry for commenting here but I didn’t know where else to say this. What’s wrong with my profile picture? I can’t change it anymore for some reason.

Nick Bower
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4 years ago

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CelSlade
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4 years ago

Hidden message? This is a glorified spotlight. I was hoping that it would reveal a message written in shadow or something. Great idea honoring heroes, but perhaps the heading shouldn't be so misleading.

CelSlade
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4 years ago

I see the title has been changed. Much better!

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Renee Vargo
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4 years ago

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d r e a m w o r l d
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4 years ago

11:11, you say? Well, Eleven DID have magical powers...

Erin welch
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4 years ago

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HEY YOU FORGOT TO MENTION ARMY! PROOF READ YOUR ARTICLES

Jonathan Eatsalot
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4 years ago

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USA!

Ok Ha-Neul
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4 years ago

wow this is really amazing

AlishaPerry
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4 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

I resigned my office-job and now I am getting paid £64 hourly. How? I work over internet! My old work was making me miserable, so I was forced to try something different, two years after...I can say my life is changed-completely for the better! Check it out what i do... http://cutt.us/OHemS

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Misterscooter
Community Member
4 years ago

A very cool way to honor U.S. Veterans. And because of this, every year it will draw attention and people to it who will likely see the day as more than just a day off from school or work.

Bo Bednar
Community Member
4 years ago

Actually, we didn't get school off, and we didn't even talk about it in class. Yay, Texas!

Load More Replies...
Eyeball
Community Member
4 years ago

Well isn't that clever?

Megan Spainhour
Community Member
4 years ago

I'd love to see this.

Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

It's like the Egyptian sun temple!

Andrew Keane
Community Member
4 years ago

And Newgrange in Ireland. Really makes you appreciate what they did back them more.

Load More Replies...
cyberbird
Community Member
4 years ago

Majestic

Mhiller17
Community Member
4 years ago

Woah that’s awesome!

Sam Spade
Community Member
4 years ago

What about daylight savings time? Also, sorry to burst your bubble, but unless the date is June or December 18, the sun will shine at that particular angle twice a year.

Matt Fors
Community Member
4 years ago

you cant be serious? they dont observe daylight savings in arizona

Load More Replies...
Ged Maybury
Community Member
4 years ago

Ummm, actually, there would be the equivalent day after the winter solstice too, 41 day past, to be (almost) exact. That would be approx January the 31st. Why I said "almost" is that this will vary anyway, thanks to the Leap Year Cycle. The precise timing will vary by upwards of a whole day. There'll be exactly ONE day every four years when the sun exactly aligns at that exact hour and minute. Cute idea, messed up by some inescapable astronomical realities.

varwenea
Community Member
4 years ago

That is SUPER cool. And Happy Veterans' Day to all the vets out there!

Albert Paul Fetalino
Community Member
4 years ago

Question. So in every other day can you still see the seal? Or not.

Echo
Community Member
4 years ago

Looks like sun light will make a perfect circle of light the size of the emblem on the ground. The emblem is always there.

Load More Replies...
Flower Child
Community Member
4 years ago

Lovely!

Glynis Lailann
Community Member
4 years ago

What a wonderful way to honour War Veterans.

Marjorie Walters
Community Member
4 years ago

Beautiful Tribute to the Armed Services

Jasmina Wetherley
Community Member
4 years ago

so fucking awesome and creative

SRAMLNS
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't see it

dexskong
Community Member
1 year ago

SRAMLNS +

Load More Replies...
Mark Erwin
Community Member
4 years ago

A meticulous brilliance...

Full Name
Community Member
4 years ago

The sun is so far away and the earth rotates as we both hurl through space so fast it's incredible to me how consistent it all is that they can get that light to within a couple centimetres year after year.

Johanna Kidd
Community Member
4 years ago

Very cool, amazing way to show respect&remember

Marysia Jawłowska
Community Member
4 years ago

That's really cool. Hardly a beauty though.

Dapur Cep Bobi
Community Member
4 years ago

this is so cool!!

Sonja Bracey
Community Member
4 years ago

I cannot understand why the Fox News did not report this yesterday and build it up for everyone to observe this happening today. Of all the great programs planned for our veterans, this should be historical

Howard Whidden
Community Member
4 years ago

How do leap years figure into this?

Tom Watson
Community Member
4 years ago

This is an amazing tribute to the men and women who are serving or have done military service for their country. The only issue is that their are proposals to start a United States Space Force. This monument may have to have a sixth pillar at some point in the future.

Martha Jones
Community Member
4 years ago

Excellent

Carola Kristin
Community Member
4 years ago

And then it's a rainy day without sun 😅

Roger Sorensen
Community Member
4 years ago

This should happen twice a year, about 30 days before (Veterans Day) AND after the winter solstice.

Echo
Community Member
4 years ago

Are you saying it should, or does?

Load More Replies...
Jeanne Wright
Community Member
4 years ago

Rokas L ... Sadly you left out the Army in your description in the second paragraph above :( "Those include the United States Marine Corps, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force and the United States Coast Guard." Capture-5a...770b7f.jpg Capture-5a06f44770b7f.jpg

Sonia Lingsweiler
Community Member
4 years ago

Yes, thank you for noticing and saying something!!!

Load More Replies...
Derek Giroulle
Community Member
4 years ago

It will do so twice a year also in spring it will

CatShatBrix
Community Member
4 years ago

I’m really sorry for commenting here but I didn’t know where else to say this. What’s wrong with my profile picture? I can’t change it anymore for some reason.

Nick Bower
Community Member
4 years ago

This comment has been deleted.

Load More Replies...
CelSlade
Community Member
4 years ago

Hidden message? This is a glorified spotlight. I was hoping that it would reveal a message written in shadow or something. Great idea honoring heroes, but perhaps the heading shouldn't be so misleading.

CelSlade
Community Member
4 years ago

I see the title has been changed. Much better!

Load More Replies...
Renee Vargo
Community Member
4 years ago

Scenic Ranch SE Arizona $595WK~ $695WK 360 Mt Views, 3 Ghost Towns and 2 National Parks. Tons of history to explore. 14 Vineyards close by to enjoy. Tombstone, Willcox, Benson are a short drive from Ranch. Website~ http://hummingbirdranchaz.com

Atheeth Benny (Eugeo)
Community Member
4 years ago

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d r e a m w o r l d
Community Member
4 years ago

11:11, you say? Well, Eleven DID have magical powers...

Erin welch
Community Member
4 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

HEY YOU FORGOT TO MENTION ARMY! PROOF READ YOUR ARTICLES

Jonathan Eatsalot
Community Member
4 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

USA!

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