Founded in 1852, Greenwood Cemetery was established by the Firemen’s Charitable and Benevolent Association after they had such success with Cypress Grove Cemetery. It utilizes small lot sizes (6 feet by 9 feet), and is one of the city’s largest cemeteries in volume. There are about 20,500 lots, with on average 1,000 interments each year. The entrances are decorated with 5 memorials, but aside from this, most tombs are arranged to provide for maximum occupancy, so architectural or landscape beautification is placed at a lesser priority. The memorials featured at the entrance of Greenwood are: the Confederate monument, the Firemen’s monument, the Elk’s tomb, and the tombs of Michael McKay and John Fitzpatrick.
The Confederate Monument marks the graves of 600 Confederate Soldiers whose remains were collected by the Ladies Benevolent Association of Louisiana.
The Firemen’s Monument, a neo-Gothic design, was inspired by Sir Walter Scott’s monument in Edinburgh. The monument sits atop a 5 foot tall mound and is made of Italian granite. The monument was erected to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Firemen’s Benevolent and Charitable Association and to honor the volunteer firemen who had lost their lives over the previous half-century.
Across from the Firemen’s monument is the tomb of Lodge No. 30 of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. This tomb is surrounded by a large, grassy mound with a bronze statue of an Elk atop it, the symbol of the fraternity. The tomb was erected in 1912 and designed by Weiblen.
There are 2,653 veterans buried at Greenwood Cemetery in
New Orleans, LA, 93% of which are war veterans.
133 Died While In Service
4 Killed In Action in the Civil War
1 Killed in Action in the Dominican Republic War
2 Killed In Action in the Spanish American War
13 Killed in Action in World War I
69 Killed In Action in World War II
14 Killed In Action in the Korean War
15 Killed In Action in the Vietnam War
1 Killed In Action in OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM
14 Died While in Service
1 Former World War II Prisoner of War
12 Veterans of Three Wars
107 Veterans of Two Wars
24 Veterans of the Civil War
1 Veteran of the Dominican Republic War
578 Veterans of World War I
1,580 Veterans of World War II
265 Veterans of the Korean War
107 Veterans of the Vietnam War
3 Veterans of the Gulf War
1 Veteran of the Persian Gulf
1 Veteran of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM
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There are 120 veterans that were Killed In Action and 10 veterans that died while in service buried in Greenwood Cemetery.
There are 2 former Prisoners Of War buried in Greenwood Cemetery,
There are 12 veterans that were involved in three wars buried in Greenwood Cemetery.
There are 107 veterans that were involved in two wars buried in Greenwood Cemetery.
There are 24 veterans of the Civil War buried in Greenwood Cemetery.
There are 40 veterans of the Spanish American War buried in Greenwood Cemetery.
There is 1 veteran of the Dominican Republic War buried in Greenwood Cemetery.
There are 578 veterans of World War I buried in Greenwood Cemetery.
There are 3 veterans of the Gulf War buried in Greenwood Cemetery.
There are 107 veterans of the Vietnam War buried in Greenwood Cemetery.