Louisiana Veterans Memorial Park and the Old Arsenal Museum Then and Now
Nov. 10, 2017 marked the official ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony of the Louisiana Veterans Memorial Park in Baton Rouge, located on the grounds of the new Louisiana State Capitol.
The grounds around the Old Arsenal Museum are included in Louisiana Veterans Memorial Park.The Old Arsenal Powder Magazine was built circa 1838 on what was a Federal Military Posh. Louisiana militia occupied it before the begininning of the Civil War and later by the federal troops during the Battle of Baton Rouge in 1862. Later, it served the needs of the cadets of the "Ole War Skule" as Louisiana State University was affectionately known, when it was located downtown
The former Old Arsenal Park recognizes the brave men and women who have served our country with dignity and distinction. Their stories are preserved and shared through a series of military memorabilia. This is a place for veterans and their families to gather and reconnect with fellow military families.
The park that is entrusted to the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs. The Louisiana Veterans Memorial Park in Baton Rouge is the first on state property to recognize the hundreds of thousands of Louisianans who have served, been wounded, or killed in action while serving in the United States Military. The park is dedicated to the preservation of their sacrifices.
The purpose of the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument is to honor Gold Star Families, to preserve the memory of the fallen, and stand as a stark reminder that freedom is not free. The Louisiana memorial is the first of its kind in the nation to be placed on state capitol grounds.
Please call (225) 219-3700 to set up individual or group appointments to tour the Old Arsenal Museum.