Chalmette National Cemetery
National cemetery tour - Take a guided tour of Chalmette National Cemetery to discover its history and the stories of some of the thousands buried there. Meet at the front porch of the old cemetery superintendent's lodge (the two-story brick building just inside the cemetery gate). On Thursday, March 30, tours at 10:00 a.m. and noon. In April, tours on Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., noon, 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. (no tours on Sunday, April 16). Free.
Volunteer Month at Chalmette National Cemetery is Monday, April 10, through Thursday, April 27. Join park staff, the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to document, realign, and clean headstones. Last year nearly 800 volunteers spent nearly 2500 hours at the cemetery, and the results were impressive: 1270 headstones documented and 7238 markers and headstones cleaned. Families, groups, and individuals are welcome; volunteers must be 13 or older. Follow the link for information including how to sign up as a volunteer (note that Volunteer Month information lives on a different webserver, so you will get a message that you are leaving the National Park Service website). Here's a Volunteer Month at Chalmette National Cemetery flier to download, print, and share.
Established in May 1864 as a final resting place for Union soldiers who died in Louisiana during the Civil War, Chalmette National Cemetery's more than 14,000 headstones mark the gravesites of veterans of the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, and the Vietnam War. Four Americans who fought in the War of 1812 are buried here, though only one of them took part in the Battle of New Orleans. The national cemetery is located on the site of the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, next to Chalmette Battlefield.
More about Chalmette National Cemetery:
Chalmette National Cemetery is located at 8606 West St. Bernard Highway in Chalmette, just downriver from Chalmette Battlefield. The cemetery's entrance gates are open 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday-Sunday. On federal holidays other than Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the gates are open 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the gates are open 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The cemetery gates are closed on Mardi Gras.
Days and hours of operation for the visitor center at Chalmette Battlefield next to the national cemetery can be found here. To reach the battlefield visitor center, call 504-281-0510. Links to useful information like maps, public transportation, pets, permits for special uses, etc., are available on the basic information page.
Questions regarding interments at the national cemetery should be directed to the park superintendent's office at 504-589-3882 ext. 108.
Wreaths Across America and dozens of volunteers laid evergreen wreaths at headstones in Chalmette National Cemetery in mid-December, turning the landscape into one of solemn beauty. Learn more about Wreaths Across America and their mission to honor veterans here.