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Unbelievable! Something Unexpected Happens to This War Memorial Once a Year

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This weekend, in between the hotdogs and fireworks, let’s all remember that the freedom we enjoy is not, nor ever will be, free.

And what better place than to spend that moment in reflection at one of the many memorials dotted across our nation dedicated to the brave men and women who served?

No doubt you’ve seen many of these somber, moving monuments to greatness. But I’m willing to bet you’ve never seen one quite like that which stands in the town of Anthem, Arizona:

It consists of 5 pillars – each one representing one of the branches of the United States military and ordered in accordance with Department of Defense prescribed precedence.

The pillars are white. The red pavers beneath are red. And the sky overhead is blue. And the hollow circle in each of the pillars? That represents an unbreakable border:

Don’t you agree that this monument is pretty special?

But wait, there’s something else you need to know … something which just might convince you to take to a trip to Anthem in a few months time.

You set? At 11:11 a.m. each Veterans Day (Nov. 11), the sun’s rays pass through the hollow circles of the five pillars to form a perfect solar spotlight over a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States on the ground:

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Lit up, this is a perfect tribute to our great nation … and those who fought and died to preserve it.

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H/T: The Twisted Sifter blog