Memorial Day at Chalmette National Cemetery

Image of people with bowed heads during Memorial Day ceremony at Chalmette National Cemetery
The Vietnam Veterans of VFW Post 3798 present a Memorial Day ceremony at Chalmette National Cemetery each year. Here a moment of silence encourages remembrance of troops who gave their lives for their country.
 
Image of people putting American flags at graves in Chalmette National Cemetery
Every Memorial Day, volunteers and park staff put a flag at every one of the 14,000+ headstones in Chalmette National Cemetery.

Join the Vietnam Veterans of VFW Post 3798 and the National Park Service to honor America's fallen troops this Memorial Day with a ceremony and volunteer projects at Chalmette National Cemetery.

The annual Memorial Day ceremony is set for 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 28. The ceremony is presented by the Vietnam Veterans of VFW Post 3798 and will include a color guard, bagpiper, and remarks from post members. Vietnam War veterans buried in the cemetery and members of the post interred elsewhere will be honored with a special salute. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

Volunteers are needed to assist with putting flags at every one of the national cemetery's 14,000+ headstones and markers. To sign up or for more information, email the park’s volunteer coordinator. The Memorial Day volunteers projects are scheduled for

  • Friday, May 26 - flags will be put at every headstone and markers in the cemetery. The project begins at 7:30 a.m. and will continue until the job is done, usually 2-3 hours. The project requires walking and bending over. Volunteers will be outdoors in possible hot, humid, and buggy conditions and should be prepared with sunscreen, insect repellent, and closed-toe shoes.
  • Tuesday, May 30 - the flags will be picked up and repackaged for storage. The projects begins at 7:30 a.m. and will continue until the job is done, usually 3-4 hours. Picking up the flags requires walking and bending over. Repacking the flags for storage requires sitting and rolling the flags. Volunteers will be outdoors in possible hot, humid, and buggy conditions and should be prepared with sunscreen, insect repellent, and closed-toe shoes.

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 daily 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., including on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. The visitor center is closed on all other federal holidays but entrance gates to the battlefield and to the national cemetery are open 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For more information about the national cemetery or Memorial Day at Chalmette National Cemetery, call 504-281-0510 or click here.

Learn more about Memorial Day and how you can honor those who have served their country at the My Memorial Day website.

 
Image of volunteers in National World War Two Museum shirts at Chalmette National Cemetery
Staff and volunteers from The National WWII Museum partner with the park each year to put out flags at headstones in the national cemetery.
 
 
 
Image of volunteers preparing American flags for storage
Picking up more than 14,000 flags and preparing them for storage is a big job, but volunteers and park staff working together get the project done quickly.

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