Join the Vietnam Veterans of VFW Post 3798 and the National Park Service in honoring America’s fallen troops at Chalmette National Cemetery with a Veterans Day ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, November 11. The ceremony will include a color guard, bagpiper, members of the Recognizing our Roots youth living history program, and remarks from post members. Vietnam War veterans buried in the cemetery and members of the post interred elsewhere will be honored with a special salute. Chalmette National Cemetery is located at 8606 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette, and is part of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information call 504-281-0510 or visit www.nps.gov/jela.
Chalmette National Cemetery is located next to Chalmette Battlefield, the site of the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. The national cemetery and battlefield are managed by the National Park Service as one of the six sites of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Over 15,000 people are buried at the national cemetery, which was established in 1864 as a burial place for Union soldiers who died in Louisiana hospitals during the Civil War. Service members who served in conflicts ranging from the War of 1812 to the Vietnam War are buried there.
The visitor center and entrance gates to the battlefield and national cemetery are open every day 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The visitor center is closed on federal holidays other than Veterans Day and Memorial Day, but entrance gates are open on these days 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Admission is free. More information is available at 504-281-0510 or at www.nps.gov/jela.