The sound of cannon and muskets was missing from the Chalmette Battlefield this past week, but the annual commemoration of the American victory in the Battle of New Orleans continued with slight adjustments at various sites in Chalmette.
With the battlefield off limits, St. Bernard Parish Government and the Parish Council stepped in to host living history demonstrations at Torres Park and the annual wreath laying at the Chalmette Monument. In addition, other off-site events included the Daughters of the British Empire Commemoration at the De La Ronde ruins and the Nunez Community College “Battle of New Orleans” symposium in the Parish Council Chambers.
“When it looked like the situation in Washington wasn’t going to get resolved in time for the battle anniversary, we began taking steps to move some things to new locations,” said St. Bernard Parish President Guy McInnis. “We are grateful that so many living history reenactors chose to still travel from out of town and do their camp life and firing demonstrations at Torres Park,” said McInnis.
Students from area public and parochial schools visited Torres Park on Friday to see cooking demonstrations and musket drills from living history enthusiasts dressed in period clothing. “Parish employees, the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office, Acadian Ambulance, and the St. Bernard Tourism Commission really stepped up to ensure that the War of 1812 reenactors received the support they needed to go forward with the “school days” and other living history demonstrations,” said McInnis.