At 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 in Paris, a ceasefire went into effect between the Allies of World War I and Germany. Exactly 100 years after this Armistice, at precisely 11:11 a.m. on 11/11, the sun will align 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.
The ceremony, with Vietnam vet Jim Zwit as keynote speaker, will honor all veterans. Emma Suttell, a Boulder Creek High School junior and president of the local Veterans Heritage Project chapter, will speak.
Sandra Day O’Connor High School Air Force Jr. ROTC cadets will provide support. Musical Theater of Anthem and the Arizona Veterans Band will perform.
The event is open to the public. Expect a big crowd. Seating is limited. Bring chairs or blankets.
Parking in the lot nearest the Memorial is for those who can’t walk longer distances. Others should park in the middle or lower lots, or at the Community Center and access the park via the footbridge.
The memorial was designed by Anthem artist Renee Palmer-Jones, with the columns representing the five branches of the U.S. military. A scientist helped with the cosmic calculations that cause the alignment each year on Veterans Day.
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Veterans Day Ceremony
10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11
Anthem Community Park
41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway