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Over 14,000 flags honor America's fallen at Chalmette National Cemetery

(Photo by Kathleen Flynn, NOLA.com l The Times-Picayune) (Photo by Kathleen Flynn, NOLA.com l The Times-Picayune)
CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) -

Chalmette National Cemetery holds more than 14,000 headstones marking the final resting places of American veterans and others from the Civil War to the Vietnam War.

On Sunday, a memorial ceremony was held at the cemetery. Flags were placed next to each of the cemetery's over 14,000 headstones on Friday afternoon.

"These aren't just headstones. Every one of the headstones is a person, and that's why we should remember them," a young visitor to the cemetery said.

A large ceremony was held Sunday in which the Vietnam Veterans of VFW Post 3798 presented a Memorial Day tribute to America's fallen at Chalmette National Cemetery. Dozens were on hand to honor the men and women who served our country.

Kicking off Memorial Day weekend, dozens of volunteers flocked to the cemetery on Friday. Volunteers adorned each of the cemetery's headstones with an American flag 

The cemetery was created in 1864 and sits beside Chalmette Battlefield, the site of the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.

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