At 11:11 AM today, the sun shines through this Monument bringing all to tears
Every year on Veterans Day, hundreds of people gather around the Anthem Veterans Memorial in Arizona. And when the clock strikes 11:11 a.m., this memorial does something truly amazing.
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Even though thousands visit the Anthem Veterans Memorial during the rest of the year to reflect and give thanks, today's crowd will trump the others.
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It's Almost Time
As the clock passes 11 a.m. the soldiers stand tall in anticipation for the big event.
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As 11:11 a.m. hits, the sun's bright rays pass through the holes cut into the five marble Armed Services pillars to represent the five branches of the armed forces.
Then, for just about one minute, the sunbeams form a spotlight on the memorial's mosaic of the United States seal.
Reddit/spicycornchip The Meaning Behind The Day
The reason why we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11 is actually quite powerful.
World War I officially ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month way back in 1918. So that means the war ended at 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 1918.
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Each part of this memorial has a special meaning. The red brick, white pillars and blue sky are all meant to signify the American flag. When you look at the bricks a little closer, you'll see the names of over 750 United States servicemen and servicewomen.
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Everything about this memorial is meant to honor both the fallen and current servicemen, as well as every single veteran out there.
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It's Only Fitting
When the sun shines down on the seal, we can feel the souls of those soldiers who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom and those of who continue to protect that freedom today shining brightly.
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Every year, spectators and veterans alike are taken aback at the glowing beauty of this memorial.
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As you go about your day today, make sure to reach out to veterans in your life. Each and every service member has dedicated a part of their lives to protecting our freedom.
They work around the clock to keep us safe from harm both domestically and on foreign land, and the least we could do is thank them for their dedication.