Every time the holiday season gets near, everyone is a little busier and a little more stressed. We get caught up with so many things like traveling, cooking, family gatherings, and that always-present list of gifts. However, it’s essential, to take a step back and enjoy the life we have with our friends and family. The holiday season shouldn’t only be about gifts and decorations, but about family, friends and the people we love. If you’re having problems with that, remember that there are people in the military stationed in various parts of the world that will probably spend the holidays away from their own family.
The great members of our military and the veterans that have served have made impressive sacrifices. The most important is probably the time they spend in other countries and away from loved ones. They put their lives on the line to keep everyone in our country safe. Most of the people in the United States are aware of this sacrifice and admire it. This appreciation is shown in many ways, and there are monuments which serve as testimony to the sacrifice that our heroes in the Armed Forces have made.
Some people like to visit these monuments in addition to visiting the gravesites of the fallen ones. The reason is simple, it’s all about paying homage to them. Many of the people who go there didn’t even have a loved one that they lost, but just do it out of respect. At times, they like to capture the moment in a picture that they can later share with their loved ones at home.
The Anthem Veterans Memorial in Anthem, Arizona is one of those great monuments. Out of all the monuments, this one has something that makes it unique. It is a monument that pays tribute to all branches of the US military all year round. But aren’t all monuments supposed to pay homage all year round? Well, yes. The only thing is that this one is special. The monument is comprised of many layers of bricks and each one of the bricks is engraved with the names of veterans. The colors of the United States flag are represented by the red bricks, white pillars, and blue sky.
But that’s not the most important part of it. On one day each year, at a specific time, the monument is actually complete. This only happens at 11:11 am on November 11th. The sun’s rays pass through the pillars to spotlight The Great Seal of the United States. A lot of very good engineering went into building this monument, and it will continue to remind us of the great branches of our military that will continue to work as pillars for our great nation.
Get ready to witness this great marvel of engineering that it is bound to fill you with pride!