364 days out of the year, this memorial seems like any other, but on one day of the year it turns into something extremely special.
The Anthem Veterans Memorial in Anthem, Arizona, stands proud in remembrance of the servicemen and women of the United States armed forces. But when this monument was created, it was constructed with a lot of scientific thought behind it.
At exactly 11.11am on November 11th each year (Veterans Day), the rays of the sun pass through the circles of the five pillars to create a perfect solar spotlight that lights up the mosaic of the great seal of the United States.
The five pillars represent the unity of the five branches of the United States military serving steadfast together.
The five pillars stand for the five branches: the United States army, the United States Air Force, the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps and the United States Coast Guard. Each pillar has their respective military seal placement upon them and they are all staggered in size based on the precedence prescribed by the Department of Defence.
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. – AVM Chief Engineer, Jim Martin
What an amazing way to commemorate a special date and time. Dedicated people who make the journey to Anthem in Arizona can witness the impressive event for themselves. For the rest of us, we will just have to admire the photographs and appreciate the impressive work that was put into creating this special monument from afar.
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