Chalmette National Cemetery
Join in during Volunteer Month at Chalmette National Cemetery Saturday, March 17, through Friday, March 30! Volunteers will document, realign, and clean headstones, serving those who served for us. Morning and afternoon time slots are available. Groups, families, and individuals are welcome. Training takes place on site, and all volunteers receive a free water bottle and t-shirt. Follow the link to earn more and to sign up for Volunteer Month (information lives on another server so you will get a message that you are leaving the National Park Service website). Here's a Volunteer Month pdf flier to download, print, and share.
2017 Volunteer Month at Chalmette National Cemetery was a success thanks to the efforts of 584 volunteers who worked for 1,733 hours. They documented 1,326 headstones, straightened and reset 153 headstones, and cleaned 11,120 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.
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 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.
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.