28 FEbruary 2013
FALLEN HEROES MEMORIAL
The Fallen Heroes Memorial was dedicated during the Veterans Day weekend on November 10, 2012. Emblazoned with appropriate carvings, quotes and insignia, and crowned with a statue of an American eagle, the black granite monument encases its state-of-the-art digital monitor. It is our hope that visitors to the York, PA area will take a few minutes to visit this Fallen Heroes Memorial and view the faces of our fallen.
In the fall of 2010, the government announced the end of the combat phase of the Iraq War. The decision was made to retire the more than 4,400 flags that comprised the memorial directly on the hillside where they had flown for over 5 years. On Pearl Harbor Day in December of 2010 at dusk, local veterans and Gold Star family members conducted a retirement ceremony. Over 4,400 flags were placed in a funeral pyre on the site so that they would never leave the hillside they had graced while honoring America's Fallen Heroes. A pledge was made at that time that a memorial would be erected to both mark the site and also remember those who had died.
A PROMISE KEPT
HOW TO SUBMIT PHOTOS
Photos should be of good quality and of sufficient DPI (dots per inch) to display properly on the large screen.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The Fallen Hero Memorial was developed through generous partnerships with: Livewire Digital (software development and technical support); Gamlet, Inc. (hardware installation); and Military & Commercial Fasteners Corp. (underwriting of digital monitor cost). The project enjoyed significant support from many local American Legion and VFW posts, area businesses, and individuals in the community. Cold Spring Granite of Minnesota supplied the black granite used in the new memorial. All donations and support for this project are appreciated!
Please help us spread the word and share this unique memorial with other Gold Star Families. To submit Fallen Hero photos, make a donation or receive information, please send emails to Fallenheroes@prospecthill.org or call (717)843-8006.
Click or copy and paste the link to view the Fallen Heroes Video- http://youtu.be/w83DmB1D52Q
Updating of War Flag Memorial Veterans Day, November 11, 2011
Restoration of Community Mausoleum at Prospect Hill Cemetery
Retirement of Iraq War Flag Memorial, December 7, 2010
Flag Retirement Ceremony - Images by John Pavoncello
With the approach of winter, the Iraq & Afghanistan War Flag display was taken down as it has in previous years. However, this year, after careful consideration and consultation with veteran leaders, the Historic Prospect Hill Cemetery Heritage Foundation decided to permanently retire the Iraq War Flag section of the display. This decision has been made as a result of official declarations that combat operations in Iraq have ended. The cemetery foundation worked with the Shiloh American Legion and several VFW posts to properly retire 4,427 American flags, all of which have served their useful purpose. The retirement took place inside Prospect Hill Cemetery's main entrance on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7th at 3:30 p.m. Flag memorial creators felt is was important to retire the existing flags on the same field they have decorated for the last six years. Planning is underway for a permanent memorial on the site to honor and remember combat losses suffered in Iraq since 2003.
Updating the Iraq & Afghanistan War Flag Memorial, November 11, 2010
York's historic Prospect Hill Cemetery held a flag updating ceremony on Veterans Day, November 11, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. One hundred sixty-six flags (12 for Iraq, 149 for Afghanistan, 5 for Pennsylvania) were added to the 5,879 flags already on display. In addition, two new fallen hero banners were unveiled, honoring soldiers who have been killed while serving in Afghanistan.
The Iraq War Flag Memorial consists of three distinct collections of flags. The first symbolizes soldiers killed in Iraq, the second honors servicemen who have perished in Afghanistan, and the third recognizes our fallen Pennsylvania troops. During the service, participants read the names of America's latest losses. A new flag was placed into the ground and a bell tolled to honor the fallen. The service concluded with a gun salute from the York County Veterans Honor Guard, a dove release, and a bagpipe rendition of Amazing Grace.
During the service, two soldiers with local ties were honored posthumously with fallen hero banners. The first banner paid tribute to Sergeant First Class Daniel Suplee, who was a member of the U.S. Army National Guard's 53rd Brigade/153rd Calvary. Sergeant Suplee was helping to evacuate wounded soldiers when he was injured during a vehicle collision in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2006. His wife and children currently reside in York County. Suplee's banner was commissioned at the family's request and sponsored by Brooks-Huff Tire & Auto Centers.
A second fallen hero banner recognizing Marine Lance Corporal Ralph J. Fabbri was also added at the request of Fabbri's family. Lance Corporal Fabbri was a combat photographer on patrol in Helmand Province in September, 2010 when he was shot and killed. His immediate family lives in York County. Military & Commercial Fasteners has provided the funding for this project.
Updating the Court of Valor, October 2, 2010
Court of Valor - Images by John Pavoncello
Court of Valor Monument Updating October 2, 2010 at 11 a.m.
The Court of Valor monument will be updated on Saturday, October 2, 2010. The service will begin at 11 a.m. This year, almost 80 names will be added to the 162 already incised on the memorial's granite surface.
The monument is dedicated to local veterans who have received valor medals acknowledging brave and heroic actions while serving the United States. All of the honorees have submitted military documents in order to prove their status as valor medal recipients. A committee of military experts has reviewed submissions and agreed that the proper criteria has been met for inclusion.
The Court of Valor was unveiled in 2009. The monument consists of a granite archway over 13' high and more than 11' wide; over 15,000 pounds of granite were used in its construction. Under the prominent archway is suspended an American flag, a symbol of the freedom our patriots defended. Topping the monument is an iconic piece of steel from the World Trade Center, weighing 3,000 pounds and measuring 9' 11" in length.
Prospect Hill Cemetery will continue to accept submissions from local veterans. Annual updating ceremonies will depend on the number of qualifying candidates.
JUNE 14, 2010 FLAG DAY
Flag Retirement Ceremony at Prospect Hill Cemetery
22 MARCH 2010
Christian Science Monitor: The Invisible Wars
19 NOVEMBER 2009
ViEW Photos from the Court of Valor Ceremony
14 NOVEMBER 2009
court of valor monument to be unveiled
11 SEPTEMBER 2009
9/11 Icon Comes to Prospect Hill Cemetery
News coverage of the 9/11 ceremony
New York Times Article: Trade Center Wreckage Finds New Purpose in Memorials
York Dispatch Video: A Permanent Reminder at Prospect Hill
24 August 2009
PHotos from the flag updating ceremony held August 22nd
19 August 2009
FLag Updating Ceremony to be held August 22, 2009
February - MARCH 2009
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10 DECember 2008
York Daily Record : LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Thanks to Flag Display Supporters
For four years, American flags have been multiplying along the hillside at Prospect Hill Cemetery. The army of red, white and blue symbolizes individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan. This week, volunteers and one York County family who lost a son to these conflicts dismantled the memorial for the winter. As we retire the flag display, we would like to thank those who supported the project in so many ways. Read the entire letter of thanks here.
12 NOVEMBER 2008
Power Point Presentation presented before the Rotary Club of York
HONOR AMERICA'S FALLEN HEROES
Join us this Veteran's Day for a one-hour flag updating ceremony inside the cemetery's main entrance. This event is free & open to the public.
Over 95 flags will be added to the existing display and 3 new Fallen Heroes Banners will be unveiled.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at Noon
10 NOVember 2008
York Daily Record Coverage of Flag Updating Ceremony
Tomorrow, the flag display will grow
Tomorrow, Veterans Day, volunteers will fan out on the slope of the Prospect Hill Cemetery facing George Street and add 97 flags to the thousands of others planted in the grass. The total number of flags will top 5,000. One each for every American soldier's life lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is the fourth year the flags have had to be updated. Four years and thousands of flags. Read the entire article here.
Fallen heroes banner program unveiled
Prospect Hill Cemetery unveiled six new banners honoring Our Fallen Heroes from York County during the August 23 Flag Updating Ceremony.
To find out how to participate in this program or to sponsor a banner, please contact Melissa at 717-843-8006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Court of Valor Program Announced
Plans for a new Veterans Memorial were announced this month. The new Court of Valor Monument is designed to honor “the heroes among us.” Those who have been awarded valor medals by our grateful nation can have their names permanently incised on a timeless granite memorial, at no cost to them or their family. Please visit the Court of Valor page for more information.