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Veterans Day ceremony to be held at Veterans Memorial


ANTHEM – The community will have the opportunity to honor veterans’ service at a ceremony on Veterans Day at the Anthem Veterans Memorial. The Nov. 11 ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. The program, presented by the Anthem Community Council, will honor the service of all veterans and pay special tribute to women in the military.

Sgt. Major Jennifer L. Simmons (USMC) will present the keynote address, according to a news release from the Anthem Community Council. Simmons conducted three overseas deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Most recently, Sgt. Major Simmons served as the Battalion Sergeant Major for Wounded Warrior Battalion West, headquartered at Camp Pendleton, CA. She has received multiple awards including the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Simmons is a native of Snow Hill, NC and is married with two children and two grandchildren.

Shana Edwards, a Prescott High School junior, will read her award-winning essay ‘Courage’. Edwards was the Voice of Democracy Arizona state winner and represented Arizona at the VFW’s national competition in Washington D.C. 

Arizona Voices will provide special music, and the annual Veterans Service Award will be presented.

The Anthem Veterans Memorial has become nationally known, particularly for its unique structure that causes the sun’s rays to pass through the five Armed Services pillars’ ellipses to cast a solar spotlight over the mosaic of the Great Seal of the United States at exactly 11:11 a.m. on Nov. 11. Thousands of visitors attend the ceremony each year. The award-winning memorial was dedicated Nov. 11, 2011 and received Arizona Historic Landmark status six months later.

A high-definition LED screen will project the ceremony and photos/videos of veterans and will capture the 11:11 a.m. solar spotlight moment. Attendees will not be allowed to approach the Memorial during the ceremony or the 11:11 a.m. spotlight; the Memorial will open for visitors following the ceremony.

Seating at the ceremony is limited, so attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Parking in the lot nearest the Memorial is intended for veterans and those who cannot walk longer distances. More parking is available at the middle or lower lots, or at the Community Center, from where attendees can access the park via the footbridge.

The Anthem Veterans Memorial is located in the Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway. Learn more about the Memorial at