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13 New Orleans-Area Military Monuments and Memorials

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In honor of Memorial Day on Monday (and a little reminder that the long weekend is about more than beach get-aways and cook-outs) we've mapped out war memorials, museums, and monuments around town. From the site of the Battle of New Orleans to Bywater's Victory Arch honoring 9th Ward residents who served in World War I, and a few statues around town, it's time for a history lesson.


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1. Chalmette Monument

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8606 W Saint Bernard Hwy
Chalmette, LA 70043
(504) 281-0510
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The 100-ft.-high obelisk with 122 interior steps and a viewing platform at the Chalmette Battlefield honors the troops of the Battle of New Orleans. The annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Chalmette National Cemetery is set for 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 25.

photo: Navin Rajagopalan/flickr

2. Jackson Barracks Military Museum

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6400 Saint Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

Packed with military artifacts, some dating back to the Revolutionary War, the recently renovated museum focuses on the history of the Louisiana National Guard.

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3. The Victory Arch

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3801-3899 Burgundy St.
New Orleans, LA 70117

Built in 1919, The Victory Arch commemorates 9th Ward residents who served or died in World War I.

4. Washington Artillery Park

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750 Decatur St.
New Orleans, LA 70116

Overlooking Jackson Square, the cannon (a model of an 1861 Parrot Rifle used in the Civil War)honors the local 141st Field Artillery of the Louisiana National Guard that saw action from the Civil War through World War II.

photo: washingtonartillery.com

5. Lee Circle

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St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130

Built in 1884, this Lee Circle monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee is said to face north 'cause, ahem, you never turn your back on a Yankee.

photo: Ken Lund/flickr

6. Jefferson Memorial

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100 Huey P Long Ave
Gretna, LA 70053

The Jefferson Memorial Arch, built in 1923, lists the names of Confederate and World War I soldiers from Jefferson Parish. It has since been dedicated to all JP veterans.

photo: experiencejefferson.com

7. Molly Marine

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Canal Street & Elk Place
New Orleans, LA 70112

Built in 1943, this is the first statue of a military woman erected in the United States. It was rededicated in 1966 to all of the women Marines who serve their country.

photo: infrogmation/flickr

8. The National WWII Museum

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945 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 528-1944
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U.S. Congress named this the country's official World War II Museum. On Monday, May 26 at 11 a.m. there will be an hour-long Memorial Day ceremony at the U.S. Freedom Pavilion in The Boeing Center and a national moment of silence at 3 p.m.

photo: The National WWII Museum

9. Spanish American War Monument

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Poydras Street & Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70113

Dedicated in 1939 and originally located at N. Claiborne and Canal St., the statue commemorates the American soldiers who fought in the Spanish-American War.

photo: infrogmation/flickr

10. Vietnam War Memorial

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Poydras Street & Clara Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

On the Poydras St. side of the Super Dome, the life-sized bronze sculpture went up in 1984 to pay tribute to those who served in the Vietnam War.

11. Civil War Museum at Confederate Memorial Hall

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929 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 523-4522
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The oldest continually active museum in the state, the Civil War Museum in Confederate Memorial Hall has the second largest collection of Confederate Civil War items in the world.

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12. Beauregard Circle

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Wisner Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70119

At the entrance to City Park is a statue of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard, dating back to 1913.

photo: Mr. Littlehand/flickr

13. Veterans Memorial Square

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North Causeway Boulevard & Veterans Boulevard
Metairie, LA 70002

On the Veterans Memorial Blvd. neutral ground is the Korean War Memorial, a Purple Heart memorial, and honoring the former prisoners of war in Jefferson Parish, a POW/MIA memorial.

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1. Chalmette Monument

8606 W Saint Bernard Hwy, Chalmette, LA 70043

The 100-ft.-high obelisk with 122 interior steps and a viewing platform at the Chalmette Battlefield honors the troops of the Battle of New Orleans. The annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Chalmette National Cemetery is set for 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 25.

photo: Navin Rajagopalan/flickr
8606 W Saint Bernard Hwy
Chalmette, LA 70043

2. Jackson Barracks Military Museum

6400 Saint Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Packed with military artifacts, some dating back to the Revolutionary War, the recently renovated museum focuses on the history of the Louisiana National Guard.

photo: wikimedia
6400 Saint Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

3. The Victory Arch

3801-3899 Burgundy St., New Orleans, LA 70117

Built in 1919, The Victory Arch commemorates 9th Ward residents who served or died in World War I.

3801-3899 Burgundy St.
New Orleans, LA 70117

4. Washington Artillery Park

750 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116

Overlooking Jackson Square, the cannon (a model of an 1861 Parrot Rifle used in the Civil War)honors the local 141st Field Artillery of the Louisiana National Guard that saw action from the Civil War through World War II.

photo: washingtonartillery.com
750 Decatur St.
New Orleans, LA 70116

5. Lee Circle

St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Built in 1884, this Lee Circle monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee is said to face north 'cause, ahem, you never turn your back on a Yankee.

photo: Ken Lund/flickr
St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130

6. Jefferson Memorial

100 Huey P Long Ave, Gretna, LA 70053

The Jefferson Memorial Arch, built in 1923, lists the names of Confederate and World War I soldiers from Jefferson Parish. It has since been dedicated to all JP veterans.

photo: experiencejefferson.com
100 Huey P Long Ave
Gretna, LA 70053

7. Molly Marine

Canal Street & Elk Place, New Orleans, LA 70112

Built in 1943, this is the first statue of a military woman erected in the United States. It was rededicated in 1966 to all of the women Marines who serve their country.

photo: infrogmation/flickr
Canal Street & Elk Place
New Orleans, LA 70112

8. The National WWII Museum

945 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

U.S. Congress named this the country's official World War II Museum. On Monday, May 26 at 11 a.m. there will be an hour-long Memorial Day ceremony at the U.S. Freedom Pavilion in The Boeing Center and a national moment of silence at 3 p.m.

photo: The National WWII Museum
945 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. Spanish American War Monument

Poydras Street & Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70113

Dedicated in 1939 and originally located at N. Claiborne and Canal St., the statue commemorates the American soldiers who fought in the Spanish-American War.

photo: infrogmation/flickr
Poydras Street & Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70113

10. Vietnam War Memorial

Poydras Street & Clara Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

On the Poydras St. side of the Super Dome, the life-sized bronze sculpture went up in 1984 to pay tribute to those who served in the Vietnam War.

Poydras Street & Clara Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

11. Civil War Museum at Confederate Memorial Hall

929 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

The oldest continually active museum in the state, the Civil War Museum in Confederate Memorial Hall has the second largest collection of Confederate Civil War items in the world.

photo: Louisiana Travel/flickr
929 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. Beauregard Circle

Wisner Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70119

At the entrance to City Park is a statue of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard, dating back to 1913.

photo: Mr. Littlehand/flickr
Wisner Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70119

13. Veterans Memorial Square

North Causeway Boulevard & Veterans Boulevard, Metairie, LA 70002

On the Veterans Memorial Blvd. neutral ground is the Korean War Memorial, a Purple Heart memorial, and honoring the former prisoners of war in Jefferson Parish, a POW/MIA memorial.

North Causeway Boulevard & Veterans Boulevard
Metairie, LA 70002