2619 East State Street Hermitage Mercer County Pennsylvania USA Postal Code: 16148 Phone: 724-346-3818
Cemetery notes and/or description: Hillcrest Memorial Park was purchased by Tom Flynn in 1977, established as a special place for Veterans and is a seventy-one acre park. There are no upright memorials permitted in this cemetery. On Veterans Day, 1978, the sixtieth anniversary of the end of World War I, he established a six-acre section as the Garden of Valor for the burial of veterans, with monuments honoring veterans of World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. In 1980 he started the well known Avenue of 444 Flags along the Avenue leading into the cemetery in a tribute of the 53 American hostages taken in Iran between 1979-1981. One more flag was raised each day until the hostages were released on January 21, 1981, 444 days after they were taken. In 1991, he added a Vietnam Veterans Memorial. In 2005, he directed the construction of the War on Terror Veterans Memorial. In 2012, he began to inter the cremated remains of veterans among the flags around the War on Terror Veterans Memorial. The cemetery also includes a People and Pet Gardens where you and your pets can be buried together. In 2014, he renamed the park America’s Cemetery.