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The Avenue of 444 Flags Foundation was incorporated on April 25, 1990, as a charitable organization under the IRS Code § 501(c)(3). It has a multi-fold mission:
- To advance patriotic spirit and civic pride in our nation
- To construct and maintain monuments that honor our military veterans
- To educate the public not only about the Iranian Hostage Crisis which precipitated development of the Avenue of 444 Flags, but also about the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and their families throughout the history of our country.
- To provide a beautiful, permanent resting place for the cremated remains of veterans (and their families) who have honorably served in our armed forces. They can be interred in the Cremation Garden among the flags surrounding the War on Terror Veterans Memorial.
With the establishment of the Cremation Garden, the Foundation has started the Veterans Left Behind Project. Its purpose is to inter, at no cost, the cremated remains of thousands of veterans that lie unclaimed in funeral homes and crematories across the country. It is a joint project of the Avenue of 444 Flags Foundation, funeral homes, mortuary schools and students, and others wanting to provide honor to those who have been deprived of it, some for many years.
The land in which the Cremation Garden is located was deeded directly to the Avenue of 444 Flags Foundation by Hillcrest Memorial Park on February 1, 2013.
52 hostages were confined in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran for 444 days. They were released on January 21, 1981. The next issue of Time Magazine featured a photo of The Avenue of 444 Flags on its cover. That was the eighth time the magazine had included coverage of the Avenue.
The Herald, Sharon, PA – Tuesday, June 3, 2014 – page B-4
Mercer County’s tourist agency will honor two of its own at the organization’s upcoming annual dinner to be held June 12 at Gallery Grille in Greenville.
Mercer County Tourist Promotion Agency, which operates under the name VisitMercerCountyPA, will bestow its James E. Winner Jr. Tourism Initiative Award to the Avenue of 444 Flags and Hillcrest Memorial Park.
This award recognizes an innovative organization or company that brings widespread attention to Mercer County as a destination. The Avenue of 444 Flags began on Feb. 11, 1980, 100 days after a mob seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, taking its entire staff hostage. [Read more…]
In the center of the Avenue of 444 Flags are 11 steel and glass monuments, 12 feet tall by four 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 two feet high by four feet wide. Etched in the dark glass are the names of all military personnel who have died in the War on Terror since 1974.
The memorial is part of the War on Terror Foundation, a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) organization and educational resource honoring those who gave their lives to preserve our way of life. Not connected with the government or the military, the foundation receives all funding from private and public donations. Tom Flynn, foundation president and owner of America’s Cemetery, said the mission of the foundation is to teach people, especially children, that there is a price to be paid for freedom.
The first panel begins with the names of Col. Paul R. Shaffer, Jr., And Lt. Col. Jack H Turner wh0 were assassinated in Tehran, Iran, on May 21, 1975. Two lines below are the names of the eight servicemen killed on April 25, 1980, trying to rescue the 53 Americans held captive during the Iranian Hostage Crisis. Also listed are the names of the 53 service members who died in the Pentagon in the 9/11 attacks.
The second monument begins with Air Force Master Sgt. Evander E. Andrews, the first serviceman to die in Afghanistan, killed on October 10, 2001. Eight lines below are Marine Major Jay T. Aubin and the members of his helicopter crew, the first servicemen killed in Iraq, on March 21, 2003.
One of the things you will readily notice on the War on Terror Memorial is the number of women who have been killed in action. Few of the tablets are without a woman’s name; some have three or four.
At the end of 2010, the ten monuments completed monuments display over 6,0900 names, all in chronological order of death. New names are added as soon as possible after confirmation of casualties by the Department of Defense.
The Memorial was designed by IKM Architects and built by Wesex Corporation.
Visit www.waronterror.org for more details.
All contributions to the War on Terror Foundation are tax deductible. Your contributions help maintain this beautiful symbol of freedom, thus assuring that those who have paid the supreme sacrifice will never be forgotten.
(courtesy of Visit Mercer County PA)