Each year, at a special moment, our closest star, the sun, aligns perfectly with five apertures in a five-pillar sculpture to cast a perfect circle of light on the Great Seal of the United States at the Anthem Veterans Memorial. Weather permitting, of course.
And come early: The ceremonies begin at 10 a.m.
The memorial was designed by Anthem artist Renee Palmer-Jones, with the columns representing the five branches of the Armed Services. A scientist helped with the cosmic calculations that cause the alignment each year on Veterans Day.
Sgt. Major Jennifer L. Simmons (USMC) will present the keynote address. Shana Edwards, a Prescott High School junior, will read her award-winning essay, “Courage.” Music will be provided by Arizona Voices. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, as seating is limited.
Plan time to park. Parking in the lot nearest the Memorial is reserved for veterans and those who can’t walk long distances. Others are asked to use the middle or lower lots, or park at the Community Center take a nice, leisurely stroll across the footbridge.
Veterans Day Ceremony
10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 11
Anthem Community Park
41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway