Battlefield sets Memorial Day activities

The Vietnam Veterans of VFW Post 3798, the National Park Service and The National World War II Museum will honor America’s fallen service members during Memorial Day weekend at Chalmette Battlefield and Chalmette National Cemetery, 8606 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette.

Both sites are part of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.

Volunteers are needed to place and remove flags at each of the national cemetery’s 15,000-plus headstones. Flags will be put out on Friday beginning at 7:30 a.m. and will be removed and packaged for storage on Tuesday beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Flag placement and removal each take three to four hours; volunteers are welcome to work as much or as little as they like. Call (504) 281-0511, Ext. 32, to sign up.

There will be a Memorial Day ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Hosted by Vietnam Veterans of VFW Post 3798, the program will include a color guard, bagpiper and remarks from post members. There will be a special living history program on “Remembering the Citizen Soldier: A War of 1812 Militia Muster” Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The program will feature the life of ordinary soldiers during the War of 1812 with firing demonstrations, historic pastimes, and cooking demonstrations.

All programs are free and open to the public.

For more information call 504-281-0510 or visit www.nps.gov/jela.