In honor of Memorial Day, members of the Vietnam Veterans of VFW Post 3798, the National Park Service and The National WWII Museum will join forces to honor America’s fallen troops with a special program Monday at Chalmette Battlefield.

The ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Chalmette National Cemetery, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. The ceremony includes 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.Special recognition will be given to the 150th anniversary of Chalmette National Cemetery, founded in May 1864.

Organizers are looking for volunteers to assist with the event. On Friday, volunteers are needed to place American flags at every headstone in the cemetery. The project begins at 7:30 a.m. and will continue until the job is done, which usually takes about three to four hours. The project requires walking and bending over. Volunteers will be outdoors in possibly hot, humid and buggy conditions and should be prepared with sunscreen, insect repellent and closed-toe shoes.

The day after the ceremony, Tuesday, volunteers are needed to pick up the flags and package them for storage. The project begins at 7:30 a.m. and will last three to four hours. Picking up the flags requires walking and bending over. The repackaging of the flags requires sitting and rolling the flags for storage.

Volunteers are welcome to work as little or as much as they desire. To sign up, call (504) 281-0511, ext. 32.

Girl Scout day camp

Registration is now being accepted for the Girl Scout Down in Da Parish Day Camp and overnight program.

Day camp is open to all girls in kindergarten through eighth grades. There also will be a Pee Wee Camp for children of full-time volunteer staff members.

The first week of day camp will take place July 21 through 25 with a theme of “Think Green,” and the second week, “Summer Fun,” will be July 28 through Aug. 1. Day camp activities will include camping skills, arts and crafts, songs, games and water fun.

Through June 1, the fee is $55 per camper for Girl Scouts for the first week and $70 for week two. The cost for non-Girl Scouts is $70 for the first week and $85 for week two. Campers will receive one camp T-shirt with registration, and additional shirts may be purchased. Participants can bring their own lunch or purchase lunch daily for $4.

An overnight camp for girls entering fourth through 12th grades will take place July 28 through Aug. 1 at First Baptist Church of Chalmette, 305 E. St. Bernard Highway. Overnight camp fees are $165 through June 1 for Girl Scouts, and $180 for non-Girl Scouts.

There are reduced rates available for program aides, eighth through 12th grade Girl Scouts volunteering at camp, and children of full-time volunteers.

No experience is necessary to become a volunteer. Participants will receive the training and support they need. Girls in eighth through 12th grades who volunteer can earn service hours.

For information, call day camp director Tanya Palazzalo at (504) 343-2934.

Toastmasters to meet

If you are interested in improving your communication and leadership skills, join the Chalmette Toastmasters at their its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the St. Bernard Council on Aging, 8201-A W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette.

The club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month. For information, call Tina Guillot at (504) 338-7927.

Sweets and Treats gala

St. Bernard Gives Back’s third annual “Sweets and Treats” for disaster relief, a tasting gala to benefit families affected by natural disasters, will be Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the home of Sylvia Guillot, 3008 Bayou Road in St. Bernard community.

Tickets are $20. For information, call Faith Moran at (504) 450-5809.

4-H cooking contest

St. Bernard Parish 4-H Club members recently participated in the Area 4-H Cookery Contest at the Lions Club in Ponchatoula. 4-H members participated against contestants from 14 other parishes who placed first in their hometowns.

St. Bernard 4-H members who placed are Carly Clement, second-place egg dessert; Mike Abba, second-place seafood-crab; Ian Bearnard, third-place processed poultry; Nicolaas Migliore, blue ribbon chicken; Holly Robin, blue ribbon seafood-oyster; William Bevans, blue ribbon sugar pie; Hunter Touchon, blue ribbon seafood-crawfish; Emily Stout, white ribbon sugar cookie; and Amya Farrell, red ribbon seafood-shrimp.

D.A.R.E. graduates

Several times each school year, the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office honors fifth-graders who complete the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, a 12-week program taught by instructors from the Sheriff’s Office aimed at trying to keep kids from using drugs, including tobacco and alcohol, or taking part in violence or bullying others.

The Sheriff’s Office program, which is held in both public and private schools, is overseen by St. Bernard officers Lt. Lisa Jackson, commander of the program, and Sgt. Darrin Miller. At the end of each program, students are required to write an essay about what they learned.

Winners of the essay contest at Chalmette Elementary are Christiana Gaines, Dakota Sievers, Falin Burke and Patriot Coleman. Runners-up are Summah Salem, Dante’ Landry, Le’Niece Fortenberry and Yobely Ramirez.

Winners of the essay contest at Lacoste Elementary are Jaidyn Cone, Tyler Gremillion, Kayleigh Richardson, Yasmine Gaber and Hallie Miller. Runners-up are Hayleigh Marshall, Caleb Meyers, Melody Fletschinger, Kada Duncan and Nathan Cross.

More than 600 fifth-graders from eight St. Bernard Parish schools, all of whom graduated this school year from the D.A.R.E. program, attended a May 7 Zephyrs baseball game with other school systems.

Kim Gritter writes about people, places and events in St. Bernard Parish. She can be reached at