Sunday, November 30, 2014

My 11, 11 Bucket List

Courtesy The Twisted Sifter
THERE is no human invention more ancient, or more interesting, than that of the sun-dial...

I'm not sure if the adjacent picture falls into the category of sundials or a meridian calendar, but be as it may, it is the earth's revolution around the sun that the people of an earlier time figured out that the sun shines on the same spot with some precision on an annual basis.
The first time I witnessed this phenomenon was in a church in Catania, Italy...Sicily, to be more precise.  There was a hole in the ceiling (or roof, if you prefer) where the sun shown through (lets forget about clouds for the moment) and each day at noon landed on the current day's date engraved in the floor (it was a very old church so they used Roman Numerals, the hieroglyphics of the day). 
Putting this ancient technology to modern day use, the people in Anthem, Arizona erected a memorial honoring our veterans of the armed forces...Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard...on Veterans Day; a national holiday.  At precisely 11:11 a.m. each Veterans Day (Nov. 11), the sun’s rays pass through the ellipses of the five Armed Services pillars to form a perfect solar spotlight over a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States. 
As a proud former member of the armed services (21 years, United States Air Force) this is an extraordinary memorial and will make it an item on my bucket list.  ~ Norman E. Hooben

Courtesy The Twisted Sifter
The Anthem Veterans Memorial, located in Anthem, Arizona, is a monument dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of the United States armed forces. The pillar provides a place of honor and reflection for veterans, their family and friends, and those who want to show their respects to those service men and women who have and continue to courageously serve the United States. ~ The Twisted Sifter ← Click on link for more pictures
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Meanwhile back at the ranch...
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