Through this web site, the Avenue of 444 Flags extends beyond the gates of Hillcrest Memorial Park to the very ends of the earth. Our hope is that it will touch your minds and your hearts to lift your understanding, appreciation, and knowledge of veterans, and most importantly, your compassion for them.
We honor veterans in many ways.
- The Avenue of 444 Flags is itself a salute to all honorable American veterans of all wars.
- The area within the circles of flags surrounding The War on Terror Veterans Memorial is a Cremation Garden, a permanent resting place for the cremated remains of honorably discharged veterans and their families.
- The memorials of those interred in the Cremation Garden aren't chunks of stone planted in one place, telling only the dates of their births and deaths. Rather, they are stories in the Tribute section of this web site that fill in what happened between their births and deaths, accessible from anywhere at any time.
- The Tributes pages also tell the stories of many other veterans who have protected your freedoms and your way of life. Some are buried in other places, while some are still living good, productive lives. By these stories, you can learn a lot about the sacrifices they have made to serve you and our nation. You can also learn about American and world history, because links within the stories connect you with the historical contexts in which they occurred.
God bless the United States of America and those who sacrifice themselves to maintain it as the greatest nation on earth.
Video of the First Interment Ceremony in the Avenue's Cremation Garden