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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

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Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Planning

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A successful battle---or a successful battle commemoration---takes a lot of planning.

How should the Battle of New Orleans be remembered on its 200th anniversary? FInal planning for the 2015 commemoration is underway, and your input is requested.

Over the past few years, Jean Lafitte staff have joined with park volunteers, living history reenactors, local residents, the state of Louisiana, parish governments, historic sites, museums, universities, Indian nations, the Canadian and British governments, US armed services, and other National Park Service areas to produce events, programs, exhibits, and other activities to commemorate the entire New Orleans campaign and the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans. A key component of the American victory at Chalmette Battlefield was teamwork, and teamwork is also a crucial factor in creating a commemoration that will be remembered for years to come.

It's your bicentennial, and your assistance is important. If you have ideas for events and programs, want to volunteer behind the scenes, serve as a living history reenactor, or otherwise contribute to the bicentennial, email the park. Let's all work together to remember the brave men and women of 1815 and to tell their remarkable story to the world.

Did You Know?

Young opossum riding their mother's back.

The opossum is North America's only native marsupial! The female will carry young in her pouch for 2-3 months and then on her back another 1-2 months. A female will usually have 7-8 babies, and each one latches onto one of 13 teats in her pouch.