MEMORIAL DAY 2015

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The main lane of the Chalmette National Cemetery is caped by the Memorial of the Grand Army of the Republic. This is one of a very few memorials of this kind in the south, since it is commemorating the sacrifice of the Union troops during the Civil War.

 

We want to thank our service man and women active and non-active, past and present. Their sacrifice has been the reason we can live our lives so free.

HOME ON THE BATTLEFIELD

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The battle of New Orleans in 1815 wasn’t fought through the streets of a town or in a forest it was through the fields of a plantation. The house you see today was built roughly 18 years after the war and became the home of Rene Beauregard son of general P. G. T. Beauregard. While much of what was present at the time of the battle has been lost what remains is a place that we cherish.

BATTLE MEMORIAL

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Sitting at the heart of the American front line at the Chalmette Battlefield is the grand monolithic memorial. The monument was constructed after much delay and stands today as a testament to all the men who lost their lives in saving our city. Climbing the 122 steps to the slits at the top you get a grand view over the hallowed grounds.

BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS BICENTENNIAL

 

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January 8, 1815, 200 years ago today the city and its way of life was under attack by the British Empire. With a small band of soldiers, local volunteers and a band of pirates, Jean Laffitte and Gen. Andrew Jackson saved New Orleans and the nation.

THE BATTURE

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The batture is the stretch of land that extends from the foot of the levee to the Mississippi River’s edge. It is an unforgiving and often changing ecosystem. At most times it is dry enough to walk across and support flora and fauna. When the snow melts in the North and the river rises, the batture becomes flooded, widening the banks of the mighty Mississippi to the levee. These black eyed Susans were growing along a small dry stretch of batture near The Chalmette National Cemetery. The natural beauty of this ever changing land is our first line of defense to protect our delicate and necessary levee system.

MEMORIAL DAY

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Thank you to all the men and women who serve in our armed forces, both past and present, at home and abroad. With special reverence to those who have sacrificed their lives in order to give us our freedom.

This picture is just a glimpse into the military cemetery in St. Bernard Parish. The Chalmette National Cemetery is located on the site of the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. This unknown soldier of the War of 1812 is the only known burial at the cemetery of someone who was present and fought in the Battle of New Orleans.