Columbus Day Closures
All park sites closed Monday, October 13, for Columbus Day. Follow the link for information about park hours and days and about access to the Barataria Preserve and Chalmette Battlefield/Chalmette National Cemetery on holidays. More »
Memorial Day at Chalmette National Cemetery
Each year, the Vietnam Vietnam Veterans of VFW Post 3798 present a Memorial Day tribute to America's fallen troops at Chalmette National Cemetery on the Sunday before Memorial Day. The public is invited, and the event is free.
Each year, volunteers and park staff prepare for the tribute and for Memorial Day by putting flags at each one of Chalmette National cemetery's 15,000+ headstones. In recent years, volunteers and staff from The National WWII Museum have assisted with this project. For Memorial Day in 2014, more than 175 volunteers from the museum, branches of the armed services, schools, scout, and community groups, as well as individuals, worked on the flag project. Their efforts are a wonderful tribute to the men and women who gave so much for their country.
As a young visitor to the cemetery said, "These aren't just headstones. Every one of the headstones is a person, and that's why we should remember them."
Chalmette National Cemetery is located at 8606 West St. Bernard Highway in Chalmette, just downriver from Chalmette Battlefield, site of the Battle of New Orleans in 1815 (click here for a map to the battlefield and national cemetery). The battlefield visitor center and battlefield and national cemetery entrance gates are open Tuesday-Saturday, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The battlefield visitor center is closed on Sunday-Monday and on federal holidays other than Memorial Day and Veterans Day, but entrance gates to the battlefield and to the national cemetery are open 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on those days. For more information about the national cemetery, call 504-281-0510 or click here.
Learn more about Memorial Day and how you can honor men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country at the My Memorial Day website.
Did You Know?
Vultures do not have many predators. If an enemy does approach, the vulture will face its enemy and vomit. This inventive bird also has a unique way to stay cool: it urinates on its legs. The urine also helps kill any germs picked up while standing on a carcass.