The Avenue of 444 Flags, Hermitage

Avenue of Flags is a park in the city of Hermitage in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, United States, erected during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979 - 1981 to honor the American diplomats held hostage in Tehran, Iran. The park is on the grounds of the Hillcrest Memorial Park cemetery and is open to the public.The memorial began as a single American flag, surrounded by flags representing each of the 50 states, and was created by Tom Flynn, the owner of the adjacent Hillcrest Memorial Park cemetery. On February 11, 1980, the 100th day of captivity, Flynn decided to erect 100 flags and raise one flag every day afterward until the hostages were freed. The American hostages were held in Iran from November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1981. At the end, there were 444 flags, one for each day of captivity. One Canadian flag also flies on the avenue as a tribute to the Canadians from the Canadian Embassy in Tehran who risked their lives to save six hostages from captivity. There is also an eternal flame which burns in front of the monument dedicated to the eight American servicemen who died in the failed hostage rescue attempt on April 25, 1980.The Avenue of the Flags is now run by the Non-profit Avenue of Flags Foundation.
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  • A good place to take you children and family members for them to see the honoring of military personnel It is very well maintained..  more »
  • If you are ever in this area the Avenue of 444 Flags is right downtown and is a very impressive display. Many of the flag poles have names attached. This is a wonderful tribute to our soldiers.  more »
  • The 444 flags are well maintained. I remember the events like it was yesterday. There is now a "war on terror memorial" on the property. This is a very patriotic place.  more »
  • A memorial dedicated to the 52 Americans held as hostages by Iran for 444 days.

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