Memorial Day at Chalmette National Cemetery
Gulf of Mexico storm Alberto disrupted plans for Memorial Day 2018: the ceremony presented by the Vietnam Veterans of VFW Post 3798 was cancelled when the decision to close Chalmette Battlefield, the visitor center, and visitor services was made on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. The shutdown decision must be made early because the site's wastewater treatment system must be shut down whenever there is danger of extensive flooding, and flooding was predicted as one of Alberto's effects. When Alberto tracked away from Louisiana on Saturday afternoon, it was too late to put the wastewater treatment system back in operation in time for the ceremony to be re-scheduled; health regulations require working water systems when visitors are at the site.The volunteer project to remove the thousands of American flags put at Chalmette National Cemetery headstones for Memorial Day and prepare them for storage was officially cancelled for Tuesday, May 29, due to concerns about lingering effects from Alberto, but since there were no storm effects over the weekend, dedicated volunteers showed up on Tuesday morning to take care of flag removal and storage. Park staff thank everyone for their patience, their understanding, and their willingness to honor and remember the troops who are buried at Chalmette National Cemetery.
Last updated: May 29, 2018