Revealed: The Incredible Veterans Day Event That Lasts Only A Minute, But Is Unlike Anything You’ve Seen

The veterans memorial in a small town in Arizona draws people from all over the country each year to see what happens to it at precisely 11:11 am.

Renee Palmer Jones, one of the designers of the Anthem Veterans Memorial, explained the community council’s vision when it decided to erect the unique structure, which captures the sun’s rays in such a way that the Seal of the United States is illuminated on the ground below.

Jones said she “took it as a challenge to bring attention to veterans, specifically on Veterans Day. I wanted to bring people together to cause them to come to a common place, at common time to honor veterans.”

In order to do so, she and the council turned to engineer James Martin, who calculated the exact position ellipses in the five pillars (representing the five military branches of service) needed to be to fully illuminate the seal on the 11th day of the 11th month, at the 11th minute of the 11th hour.

The time and date marks the exact end of World War I, which became Armistice Day, later re-designated Veterans Day.

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The engineer told Western Journalism that his team first built a scale model to test his calculations for how the monument needed to be designed and placed. Later, a full scale model of the first pillar was placed on location to further test their measurements.

The effect is like something out of Indiana Jones’s Raiders of the Lost Ark or National Treasure. 

The image quickly begins to move out of alignment after 11:11am.

The image quickly begins to move out of alignment after 11:11 a.m.

The monument was dedicated appropriately enough on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2011.

Jones said the number of people attending the ceremony has grown each year, with an estimated 3000 on hand at this year’s ceremony in the small community north of Phoenix.

Vietnam Veteran Roy VanRipper from La Crosse, Wis., was among those at Wednesday’s event. He said his heart was touched to see so many people coming out to honor veterans. The former Navy man, who served on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Constellation, said, “I’m here for my brothers [in-arms] who did not make it.”

Jones was thrilled to see this year’s crowd, noting she met people from Texas, California, Ohio and Florida, who came just to the yearly phenomena for themselves.

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Event organizer Elizabeth Turner explaining the meaning of the Seal of the United States to children after Wednesday’s ceremony.

The Name Of This Mexican Restaurant Has Owner Under Fierce Attack From Latino Groups

Pete Turner is once again under fire for the name of his Mexican restaurant chain, this time in Tucson, Arizona, where activist students are protesting the opening of his newest “Illegal Pete’s” Mexican restaurant.

Students from the University of Arizona’s Hispanic student organization, M.E.Ch.A., have sent a letter to Mr. Turner, the owner of the “Illegal Pete’s” restaurants, demanding that he change the name of his chain to suit them because, they say, the restaurant name is an “ethnic slur.”

According to the Arizona Daily Star, the group’s letter says, “We are not like other communities where your business exists, and we are more than willing to show you that. We are here to tell you that no longer will you be able to claim blissful ignorance and profit from racism.”

The restaurant owner has had this discussion before in several communities since he started his chain in 1995 in Colorado, where he already has seven locations.

Turner notes that he meant the name of his stores to be “mysterious” and “playful” and as an homage to his father (whose name was also Pete). But he also said that he never had a problem with the name of his eatery until recently.

“Words change in meaning,” Turner told the paper. “That word in particular is not a bad word. And who knows if it changes. Hopefully there will be some (immigration) reform in the next five years and things will change back.”

The student group goes on to claim that the name is a “racial slur” and that they won’t stand for it.

The group says the restaurant name is an “aggression towards brown persons in a series that spans five hundred years; and the use of ‘illegal’ to stigmatize Mexicans, Central Americans, Mexican-Americans, Latina/os, Chicana/os, and other brown persons is just another aggression that continually dehumanizes these communities. Your restaurant, and even more its name, completely disregards this slur and uses it as a tool to normalize the racism that is inherent within the term.”

The group further claims that since Turner is calling his outlets a “Mission-style Mexican restaurant,” then he is “offending” a “large portion” of the community and appropriating “its culture for the sole purpose of making money.”

But the activist student organization also had a threat for Turner in its letter.

“We are here to tell you that you will no longer be able to continue under this hateful name,” the letter warns. “This letter is only the beginning.”

M.E.Ch.A. is a well-known Marxist, anti-American hate group that pushes the idea of the superiority of the “Mexican Race,” has stated goals to “reclaim” the United States for Mexico, has featured events centered on the slogan “Europeans go home,” and seeks to eliminate U.S. immigration policy to allow illegals to gain automatic citizenship.

h/t: Fox News Latino

Watch: Airline Passengers Hear Man’s Terrifying 9/11 Rant, Instantly Spring Into Action

On a recent American Airlines flight, passengers were confronted with the biggest fear all travelers have in this post 9/11 world: a man who started spouting words of terror during a flight. But a pair of passengers defiantly refused to cower like weaklings and took matters into their own hands.

A flight from L.A. to Philadelphia ended up diverted to Phoenix, Ariz., when a passenger became unruly, according to police. But far from merely being volatile, the man truly frightened passengers by spouting terror and mentioning the attacks on September 11, 2001.

In fact, according to passengers who spoke to the gossip site TMZ, the unruly passenger said, “We will all see the truth, and I will be famous today.”

But not every passenger sat frozen in fear. According to reports, two regular passengers jumped into action to prevent any possibility that the man could implement a terror attack.

As TMZ reported, two men “jumped up and restrained the man, wrapping a belt around his fists. Then he got even angrier … shouting he had a gun, and yelling about 9/11. Even after he was restrained, we’re told he pointed ‘finger guns’ at people.”

Chip Yates, one of the passengers who reportedly help subdue the man, said: “We’re sitting there on the plane and the guy comes up to the front to give a speech and starts talking about the government and his uncle was missing in action.”

Another passenger told the media that the man was ranting. “And he said it was his time to give a speech. He started ranting about the military, the government, he was incomprehensible, it sounded like he was giving military commands and he started talking about psychological warfare and bringing the plane down. It seemed like he was having a flashback of sorts, and kind of in this military persona,” passenger Ncoletta Heidegger told Fox 10.

The pilot circled Phoenix for a time to dump fuel and then landed so police could remove the man.

h/t: TheBlaze.

Watch: Everyone Told Trump A Wall Wouldn’t Work. After This, They’ll Be Apologizing

Donald Trump has maintained front-runner status since shortly after announcing his White House ambitions this summer. Much of that success has been attributed to his firm stance – even prior to entering the Republican primary race – on immigration reform, including the construction of a comprehensive border fence.

This past winter, Trump told an audience in Iowa that, should he eventually become president, he would “certainly start by building a very, very powerful border.”

While such rhetoric has earned him substantial support among Republicans, his critics have dismissed him as naïve or even xenophobic. With the success one Arizona town has had with its fence, however, Trump and his supporters have some evidence to back up claims that a larger-scale border wall could be effective.

Along with a fence on the Mexican side of the border, Yuma finalized construction of two additional fences in the U.S. to create a barrier few immigrants can cross. Border Patrol agents including Richard Withers boast that the Yuma sector is the most secure of the entire border.

Sector chief Anthony Porvaznik agrees.

“We essentially apprehend 92 percent of all entries through the Yuma sector,” he said. “That is 126 miles of border, which includes 12 miles of these sand dunes. On a scale of 1 to 10, we are a 9.”

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11 Vehicles Driving In Major US City Struck By Act Of Terrorism, Police Say

Shootings along Interstate 10 in the heart of Phoenix AZ, are domestic terrorism being perpetrated by a coward, Arizona Director of Public Safety Colonel Frank Milstead said Wednesday.

“I came literally 24 to 36 inches from losing my life,” said driver Robert Patterson, one of the victims of the shootings.

As of Wednesday, there were 11 incidents in 12 days in which projectiles were fired into cars, mostly along an eight-block section of I-10, Milstead said. Although only one injury has been reported, Milstead said multiple law enforcement agencies have made stopping the spree “Job One.”

“All these actions are potentially lethal encounters. Any time you shoot into a moving vehicle, it has the potential to be a lethal encounter,” Milstead said Wednesday evening. “I think you have to be concerned about safety of yourself and others.”

On Tuesday, an off-duty Phoenix police sergeant was driving to work along I-10 when a projectile shattered the passenger’s side window of his car. Milstead said the officer did not appear to be targeted.

On Tuesday, Milstead had branded the series of incidents, which began Aug. 29, as terrorism.

“Any time you have multiple shootings against American citizens on a highway, that’s terrorism. They’re trying to frighten or kill somebody,” he said.

“This is a cold-blooded crime,” he said Wednesday. “This person is a coward.”

As of Wednesday night, Milstead said there appeared to be multiple weapons involved. In some incidents, bullets struck cars, he said. In others, different projectiles were used, he said. He did not elaborate.

“We will find out who this is and, hopefully, stop them before someone is seriously hurt or killed,” he said.

h/t: NBC News

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