Phone service is out at Chalmette National Cemetery and Chalmette Battlefield. To reach the national cemetery or the battlefield, email the park.
Memorial Day at Chalmette National Cemetery
- Memorial Day Ceremony 12:30 p.m., Sunday, May 26. The Vietnam Veterans of VFW Post 3798 present a tribute to America's fallen troops; ceremony includes a color guard, bagpiper, remarks from post members, and a special salute to Vietnam War veterans buried in the cemetery and post members interred elsewhere. Free.
- Memorial Day Volunteer Projects - Volunteers are needed to place and remove American flags at all 14,000+ headstones in the cemetery. Flags are placed beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, May 24, and are picked up and prepared for storage beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28. Projects usually take about three hours and require walking and bending over in possibly hot, humid, and buggy conditions (preparing flags for storage also requires sitting and rolling flags). Volunteers should be prepared with sunscreen, insect repellent, and closed-toe shoes. To volunteer for either or both projects, sign up online or call 504-589-3882 ext. 120. Here's a Memorial Day volunteer project flier to download, print, and share. You must fill out a volunteer form to participate in the Memorial Day volunteer projects; download the form, print, fill in, and bring with you to save time on project days.
2018 Volunteer Month at Chalmette National Cemetery in March was a success thanks to the efforts of 355 volunteers who worked for 1,577 hours. They documented 1,718 headstones, straightened and reset 244 headstones, and cleaned 4,957 headstones and markers!!! The park and its partners at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training and the National Trust for Historic Preservation truly appreciate all the scrubbing, digging, and documenting---this is an enormous restoration project and without volunteers, it just couldn't get done. Thanks to everyone who helped serve those who served all of us. To find out about ongoing volunteer projects at Chalmette National Cemetery, follow the link.
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:
- answers to frequently asked questions.
- a short history of Chalmette National Cemetery; you are welcome to download and print this document.
- the list of headstones in Chalmette National Cemetery is being updated. If you need information immediately, email the park.
- a self-guided audio tour of Chalmette National Cemetery is available at 504-799-0803 (long distance or cell phone charges may apply). The tour tells the story of five soldiers buried at the national cemetery: the unknown soldier who fought at the Battle of New Orleans mentioned above and four Civil War soldiers, including a woman who disguised herself as a man to join the Union army. A pdf with information about the tour and a map of the tour sites will guide you (you are welcome to download and print; copies of the map and tour information handout are also available at the visitor center at Chalmette Battlefield next to the cemetery). You can also take a virtual version of the audio tour.
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 and grounds are open 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Mardi Gras (Tuesday, February 13, in 2018).
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.