L/CPL Robert J. Slattery, Det #206, "SCUTTLEBUTT NEWS", Jun 2022 - #6
Anthem Veterans Memorial

Anthem Monument—Beautiful

I never knew about this before. England’s Stonehenge, Egypt’s Karnak or Abu Simbel have nothing on us! Our memorial even has a plaque pedestal to explain it all.

Archaeologists of the future won’t have to guess what the site is all about. Why is it so under-publicized?

Once a year at 11:11 am the sun shines perfectly on this Memorial. At precisely 11:11 a.m. each Veterans Day (Nov. 11) , the sun’s rays pass through the ellipses of the five Armed Services pillars to form a perfect solar spotlight over a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States.

The Anthem Veterans Memorial , located in Anthem, Arizona , is a monument dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of the United States armed forces.

The pillar provides a place of honor and reflection for veterans, their family and friends, and those who want to show their respects to those service men and women who have, and continue to, courageously serve the United States.

The memorial was designed by Anthem resident Renee Palmer-Jones. The five marble pillars represent the five branches of the United States military. They are staggered in size (from 17 feet to 6 feet) and ordered in accordance with the Department of Defense prescribed precedence, ranging from the United States Army, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force and the United States Coast Guard.

Additionally, the brick pavers within the Circle of Honor are inscribed with the names of over 750 U.S. servicemen and women, symbolizing the ‘support’ for the Armed Forces. The pavers are red, the pillars are white, and the sky is blue to represent America’s flag. The circle represents an unbreakable border. Anthem resident and chief engineer, Jim Martin was responsible for aligning the memorial accurately with the sun.

Semper Fi,
Tom Miller

Flags at the Cemetery

Memorial Day and several days before we were super busy. On the Saturday before Memorial Day we placed flags on the veterans graves at the large Gates of Heaven Cemetery. We do it every Saturday before Memorial Day. There were about 8 members there as it was a cloudy morning and had been raining. The 6 of us were assisted by cubscouts lead by Mike Lewis. 

They covered a lot of ground and even placed flags on various non-veterans, but then they are 10-12 years old so what can be expected. Art Bowie double checked the rows the cubscouts did and probable got it straightened out.

After our area was complete we went to the Chris Cosgrove plot and paid our respects. As we were doing it, Gunny grabbed some scouts (different from our cubs) and lined them up behind us and called everybody to attention. It was kind of nice and respectful. He then passed out some Marines Care coins to a couple of leaders. 

We then went to Chris’ grandfather’s grave site and paid our respects as we have been doing since 2007. Then off to pay respects at the grave site of Gunny’s friend, the Peter Haas site, the Colonel O’Hagan site and finally the memorial site Art and Char created for Chris and others. 

After that was done, we headed back to the American Legion Post for some hotdogs and beer/soda and chips. A well done morning.