Every year on Veterans Day in the United States, hundreds of people gather at the Veterans Memorial in Anthem, Arizona. And when 11:11 strikes, this memorial is doing something really cool to honor the memory of those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
“At 11:11 AM PST each Veterans Day (Nov.11), sunlight falls through the ellipses of the pillars of the Five Forces, creating perfect sunlight over the Great Seal of the United States mosaic.”
Time and date of the end of the First World War. The First World War officially ended at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. Veterans Day (also known as Memorial Day in many other countries).
The five marble columns were designed by Anthem resident René Palmer-Jones and represent the five arms of the US Army. The columns are arranged in order of priority by the Department of Defense, which includes the United States Army, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy, United States Air Force, and United States Coast Guard.
It was also designed to shine through the ellipses on November 11 for 100 years, if not longer.
Jim Martin, chief engineer of AVM, explained the technology behind the monument:
“ When designing the architecture of the Veterans’ Memorial Anthem, it became clear that the static structure has a fixed azimuth (the horizontal angle from astronomical north to the center of the sun on November 11 at 11:11 am, which creates horizontal illumination of the Great Seal.) And a constant elevation angle (vertical angle from azimuth or horizon to the center of the Sun on November 11 at 11:11 am, which creates vertical illumination of the Great Seal.
Although the Earth’s orbit around the Sun fluctuates every year, engineers have taken this into account. “Every year, other years, the center of the Sun is offset slightly by a few horizontal or vertical arc seconds relative to the time of the desired azimuth / elevation position of the Sun,” Martin said. This creates a very simple chronological correction; It cannot be completely aligned if it is aligned exactly at 11:11:11. Annually due to the fixed orientation of the monument. To cope with this adjustment, we calculated the ideal position of the sun each year from 2011 to 2111 and at what point in time (International Atomic Time plus corrections) ideal illumination would occur. “”
The city’s official website says: “This pillar of pride is a place of honor and reflection for veterans, their families and friends, and those who want to pay their respects to the men and women who serve in our country and are still brave.”
For visitors and veterans, this unique monument is an unforgettable experience. This is an appropriate and touching tribute to veterans who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.