While this monument may not be new, it is indeed unique. Situated in Athens, Arizona, this special memorial spotlights the Great Seal of the United States at exactly 11:11 a.m. on November 11 every year. This year is no different.
Brainchild of retired Rear Adm. Ron Tucker, this amazing tribute was created in collaboration with artist Renee Palmer-Jones. Its staggered formation has elliptical openings that are perfectly aligned for sunshine to illuminate the mosaic seal on the ground. The Sun's rays shine through the five pillars making up the memorial, representing the five branches of the military, to form a perfect solar spotlight over a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States. The long, dramatic shadow around the light from the erected slabs defines the beauty of the monogram.
Each marble pillar bears a different U.S. military seal, and the surrounding bricks are engraved with the names of U.S. servicemen and women.
November 11 marks the celebration of our American heroes that have served in the U.S. military.
Veterans Day is a federal holiday commemorating not only the services of American soldiers but also the end of World War I, which formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, and hence the time 11: 11.
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This year, 13 women veterans of WWII will be present to lay pavers commemorating their service. Ceremony attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped new children's toy to support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, collected locally by the Daisy Mountain Veterans. Cadets from the Sandra Day O'Connor AFROTC will assist in the toy collection drive and ceremony.
There will also be Veterans Day Parade and other ceremonies around the country to commemorate the day.