Anthem Veterans Memorial


Renee was privileged to design a memorial to honor United States veterans within the community of Anthem, Arizona. The award winning Anthem Veterans Memorial was constructed in the summer of 2011 and  officially dedicated at a large ceremony on Veteran’s Day, November 11th, 2011.  The AVM is now a State Historical Site.

The design team consisted of Rear Adm. Ron Tucker, Ret., James Martin, PE Engineer and Steve Rusch,

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The significance of each veteran’s day, 11-11, is central to the design of the memorial. At precisely 11:11 a.m., each year on 11-11, the sun aligns through the elliptical holes in each of the five marble pillars (each representing a branch of the the U.S. military) in order to perfectly illuminate a round mosaic inlaid into the bricks; that of the Great Seal of the United States. The symbolism of the five pillars standing in formation in order to protect the United States and to complete the solar illumination is representative of U.S. military personnel working together in all regards, in the security and defense of American citizens.


*  Project of the Year 2011- Arizona Public Works Association.

*  State of Arizona Legislature-State Historical Site designation for Anthem Veterans Memorial

* Grand Project Award- 2012 Arizona Association of Professional Engineers.

Visit the link below to see Renee’s interview on ABC News about the worldwide phenomenon on Social Media regarding the unique aspect of this incredible memorial. Millions of site visits made the AVM the most popular story of the day, Nov. 11, 2014.

Please click the link below to see a drone video of the AVM just a few days before the full illumination.

Please follow the link below in order to read more about the Anthem Veteran’s Memorial, or to purchase a brick paver in honor of a U.S. veteran. The sale of brick pavers will fund the maintenance of the memorial and provide funding to recognize veterans otherwise financially unable to participate. You may wish to purchase a brick as a non-veteran supporter of the memorial as well, that will be placed outside of the circle.

Learn more:

To watch a time-lapse video of the AVM construction click this link

Anthem Veteran’s Memorial from Jim Martin on Vimeo.