Avenue of the 444 Flags

Also known as: America's Cemetery, Hillcrest Memorial Park
2619 E. State Street; Hermitage, PA

Avenue dedicated to the Iranian hostages


Photo taken by Brian Manville on May 23, 2020




On February 11, 1980, the 100th day of captivity for 52 Americans held hostage in Iran, 100 flags were raised along the avenue leading into Hillcrest Memorial Park to increase public awareness of the crisis. Another flag was added each day until the hostages were released on January 21, 1981, the 444th day after the embassy was seized.

Update Log 

  • May 23, 2020: New photos from Brian Manville
  • May 23, 2020: Added by Brian Manville