VFW Memorial Day ceremonies planned _lowres

Advocate staff photo by REBECCA RATLIFF -- Volunteers including Boy Scout Roman Prunty placed flags at each headstone at Chalmette National Cemetery to honor veterans for Memorial Day in 2014. There are over 10,000 headstones at Chalmette National Cemetery.

VFW EVENTS AT CHALMETTE NATIONAL CEMETERY: The Vietnam veterans of VFW Post 3798 will present a Memorial Day ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Chalmette National Cemetery, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. The public is invited. The ceremony 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.

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and the National WWII Museum are seeking volunteers to help put flags at every headstone in the cemetery on Friday and pick up the flags and repackage them for storage on Tuesday. The work will begin at 7:30 a.m. both days and is expected to last three to four hours. Volunteers should call (504) 281-0511, ext. 32, to sign up for these Memorial Day projects.

The national cemetery was established in 1864 as a burial place for Union soldiers who died in Louisiana hospitals during the Civil War. Service members who served in conflicts ranging from the War of 1812 to the Vietnam War are buried there.

For information, call (504) 281-0510 or visit www.nps.gov/jela.

NAVAL AIR STATION PLANS CEREMONY:The commanding officer of the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base at Belle Chasse, Capt. Scott Gootee, will be the guest speaker when Branch 162 of the Fleet Reserve Association holds its Memorial Day two-bell ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at 703 Kepler St., Gretna.

For more than 30 years, FRA Branch 162 has held this ceremony to honor its past, present and deceased members, and veterans who have served the nation. West Bank veteran organizations also will honor their dead and other veterans.

After the ceremony, there will be a picnic, with food and drinks furnished. All service members, veterans, retirees and their families are invited to attend, and the ceremony is open to the public.