About 10 minutes from my house in Anthem Arizona, is one of the most unique and brilliant memorials I’ve ever seen. Located in the Anthem Community Park in Anthem AZ, this pillar of pride provides a place for veterans, family and friends to converge once a year because of its unique construction.anthem-veterans-memorial-arizona

For those that don’t know Veterans day is celebrated to commemorate the end of WWI that ended on November 11th, 1918 at 11.11am.

The memorial has five pillars and their significance combines all five branches of the service to bring together the Department of Defense seal.

  • The five pillars represent all 5 branches of the military symbolizing unity and loyalty.
  • They are staggered in size with their appropriate military seal placements on each pillar based upon the DoD prescribed precedence.
  • At precisely 11.11am each veterans day (November 11) the suns rays pass through each seal at the perfect angle to form a perfect solar spotlight which illuminates the seal on the ground in front of the monument.


Anthem Arizona veterans memorial

I had the honor of attending the ceremony yesterday to pay my respects to my fellow veterans that came before me and for those that paid the ultimate sacrifice. I’m not going to deny it, when taps was played; there was something in the air that caused my eyes to water uncontrollably.

You can learn more “Engineering Behind the Memorial” or you can watch the Time-lapse of the iconic 11:11 monument.

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About The Author

Alex Popovic was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, and immigrated to the United States in 1986, becoming a U.S. citizen in 1994. In 1993 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, rising to serve in its elite Force Reconnaissance Company as a Scout/Sniper serving until 2004. In 2004, he entered the restaurant business and successfully grew his Subway franchises into several dozen stores and began developing locations throughout the Las Vegas commercial market. He was involved in ground up development that included raising capital, site analysis, land purchase, entitlement and final build out of convenience store, gaming, gas station and restaurant turnkey locations. In 2008 he sold his entire portfolio just prior to the financial crisis. In 2009 Alex relocated to Phoenix and became involved in distressed property purchases, and rehabs. He obtained his realtors license in 2013 and helped clients purchase a variety of different commercial properties to add to their portfolios throughout Phoenix. In 2017 he became a designated broker and opened Apex Commercial Real Estate a boutique development firm and commercial real estate brokerage (www.apexcre.net) Alex has a bachelor’s degree in Business and Entrepreneurship (BBA) and received his Masters of Real Estate Development from the W.P Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

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