Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery

The cemetery opened in June of 2014 and has quickly become the fastest growing state veteran cemetery in Louisiana. As initial burial sites are occupied, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration provides grants to add additional burial space to meet the goal of keeping all burial options available.

When you visit the cemetery, you will see our Carillon Bell Tower which was donated by AMVETS when the cemetery first opened. The bell tower is located in Memorial Circle where we have a wall to honor the groups who donate their time and attention to our cemetery. There is also a brick walkway through a garden with names engraved through donations received by Hero’s Farewell. In
addition, we have a very peaceful fountain located near the committal shelter donated by the Knights of Columbus. We are very blessed to have some of the best veteran organizations to partner with us to make this cemetery an honorable final resting place for our local heroes.

News & Events

  • Memorial Day
  • Veterans Day

    SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA VETERANS CEMETERY TO CONDUCT A BURIAL HONORS SERVICE FOR UNCLAIMED VETERANS FOLLOWED BY THE DEDICATION OF THE BLUE STAR MONUMENT

     

    SLIDELL, LA — The staff of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery will conduct a Military Honors Service to pay our respects to 23 unclaimed veterans who have served our great nation. These veterans were left unclaimed without families to stand by their side. The cemetery staff, in partnership with multiple parish coroner’s offices and LDVA veterans assistance counselors, worked to locate the families of these veterans, but none were found.

     

    Join us on Thursday, November 9th at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery for a solemn and meaningful moment of remembrance, as we honor the service of these veterans who defended our freedom. We extend an open invitation to the public, our community, and all veteran service organizations who wish to join us in standing as family for these veterans. The service will commence promptly at 11 AM, and we kindly request attendees to start arriving at 10 AM. Please follow staff and signs to designated parking and seating areas.

     

    Please understand that parking and seating are limited, but the significance of this event cannot be overstated. We ask for your presence and support as we come together to honor these unclaimed heroes who have honorably served our country.

     

    Following the Military Honors Service, we will be unveiling a new Blue Star Monument. This monument serves as a symbol of our enduring gratitude to those who have served, and your presence at the dedication will be deeply appreciated.

     

    Let us stand united as a community, demonstrating our unwavering respect for these unclaimed veterans. Thank you for your support and dedication to this important cause.

     

    The 23 veterans being honored are:

     

    • FC1 Roderick Jay Aiken, Navy
    • PVT Rocky Joe Stonesifer, Marines
    • PFC Norman J. Robin, Army
    • LCPL Garland Guidroz, Marines
    • PFC Angelo Morales, Army
    • GSMFA Marc Daniel Guidry, Navy
    • SGT James Ronald David, Marines
    • PV2 Paul Maurice Boswell, Army
    • SA Robert V. Ballinger, Coast Guard
    • A3C Altus Marine Bates, Air Force
    • PFC Emanuel Well Hawkins, Army
    • PV2 Jimmy Don Gauthier, Army
    • SP4 Dennis Rex Rinehart, Army
    • PV1 Connie Lavinia Sutherland, Army
    • SP5 Thomas Earl Walburn, Army
    • PFC Clarence Lee Cozadd, Jr., Army
    • A3C James Strachen, Air Force
    • LCPL Troy Eugene Kilgore, Marines
    • STM1 Rufus Roberts, Jr., Navy
    • PFC Harold Peter Hans, Jr., Marines
    • SP4 Anthony Willie Scott, Army
    • SP4 Robert Robinson, Jr., Army
    • CTO3 Walter Andrew Stevens, Sr., Navy
  • Wreaths Across America Day

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

     

    Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery Announces it will continue as an Official Location for the 2023 National

    Wreaths Across America Day

     

    The cemetery will join the more than 3,700 participating locations across the country to Remember, Honor and Teach on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023

     

    Columbia Falls, MAINE, and Slidell, LA — October 13, 2023 National nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) announced today that Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Slidell, LA has once again joined in the mission to Remember, Honor, Teach, as an official location for 2023. This is the 9th year that the cemetery will participate in this national program

     

    Wreaths Across America started as a simple gesture of thanks that has grown into a national, yearlong movement of dedicated volunteers and communities coming together to not only remember the nation’s fallen and honor their service, but to teach the next generation about the value of freedom. This year, there will be more than 3,700 participating locations placing veterans’ wreaths on National Wreaths Across America Day – Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023 – with more than two million volunteers coming together.

     

    The goal for Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery is to raise enough funds to place 3,400 sponsored veterans’ wreaths on the headstones of all the local heroes laid to rest there, to ensure that the individuals who served to protect the freedoms of our country never be forgotten and to bring the community together in patriotic commemoration.

     

    “We are forever grateful for the thousands of supporters who dedicate their time, energy and resources to fulfilling our mission all year long,” said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America. “These individuals and their communities know the value of remembering the fallen, honoring those who currently serve and teaching the next generation about the sacrifices made for our freedom every day, and because of their continued support, Wreaths Across America continues to grow and touch new people each year.”

     

    Those interested in sponsoring a wreath for Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery on National Wreaths Across America Day are invited to visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/la0009 to learn more. National Wreaths Across America Day is a free community event open to all people.

     

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    About Wreaths Across America
    Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at thousands of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.

     

    All Wreaths Across America Day events are, non-political/religious events, open to all people. For more information, to donate or to sign up to volunteer, please visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org/la0009

     

     

     

    Press Contacts:

    Daniele Palen – Cemetery Director

    Email – slvc@la.gov

    Phone number – (985) 646-6458

     

    Sean Sullivan

    ssullivan@wreathsacrossamerica.org

    (207) 230-4599

     

    WAA Media Resource Page
    https://learn.wreathsacrossamerica.org/mediaresources

     

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