Volunteers prepare Chalmette Cemetery for Memorial Day weekend

Preparing Chalmette Cemetery for Memorial Day
Updated: May. 25, 2018 at 4:23 PM CDT
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CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) - At Chalmette National Cemetery, 15,000 veterans are buried. This Memorial Day weekend, volunteers are spending time to make sure those veterans are remembered.

Volunteers spent more than an hour in the cemetery Friday morning, visiting each and every one of the 15,000 markers, making sure each one had an American flag. It's an annual tradition. On Sunday, a ceremony will be held to honor veterans with a color guard, bagpipes and Chalmette Battlefield living history volunteers.

"We're going to do some demonstrations, and at this point, we're planning on firing the cannons so we can demonstrate how that would be and honor the veterans, and so we can show people what it would have been like at that time," said volunteer Jim Cowie.

The Chalmette Cemetery holds a lot of history. The veterans buried there fought from the War of 1812 all the way to Vietnam.

"It's a very important day for me because I have some of my brothers and some of my kinfolk still out here," said veteran Ronald Shaprio. "And it's very important because these people served and they fought for us. And we want to just be able to remember them in our prayers and our service to them. And I hope everyone else will remember them this Memorial Day."

"Remember the sacrifice and remember these people died for us, and that each and every person in this cemetery has a story to tell, and if you come out here, you'll hear about," Cowie said.

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