Hermitage, Pennsylvania: Avenue of Flags - 444 Banners of Freedom

One flag for each day that Americans were held hostage in Iran in 1979-81.

Hillcrest Memorial Park

Address:
2619 E. State St., Hermitage, PA
Directions:
I-80 exit 4-B onto Hwy 60, then quickly exit north onto Hwy 18/Hermitage Rd. Two miles, then turn left onto State St., then drive a half-mile and turn right into Park.
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War on Terror Memorial. War on Terror Memorial

In the center of the Avenue of 444 Flags are 12 steel and glass monuments, 12 feet tall by 4 feet wide, in a circle around a beautiful fountain. The first two feet of the towers are stainless steel; above are five glass panels, each 2 feet high by 4 feet wide. Etched in the dark glass are the names of all military personnel who have died in the War on Terror since 1975.

[Etta Miller, 09/08/2013]
Avenue of Flags - 444 Banners of Freedom

They have added a War on Terror Veterans memorial.

[Deb Edwards, 07/25/2012]

The monument was erected in 2012 -- a 12-ft. tall pillar made of glass and steel with names of more than 7,000 dead soldiers. There is talk of eventually adding a pair of 40 ft. tall towers to symbolize the World Trade Center.

Avenue of Flags. Avenue of Flags - 444 Banners of Freedom

This park has been featured on the cover of Time and is symbolic of the Iran Hostage Crisis. At Hillcrest Memorial Park, 444 flags flutter in the breeze -- one banner for each day America was held hostage. An eternal flame burns before the monument to eight servicemen who lost their lives in the mission to free their countrymen.

[C. Clayton, 06/14/2001]

Aug 2012: Photo added.

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