Family requests pallbearers to help in Marine’s funeral

BAKER– A local marine veteran’s family is looking for pallbearers to help Christopher “CJ” Normand to his final resting place.

Christopher Normand enlisted in the Marines on May 31, 1960, and served until 1963. His reserve obligation was extended until May 30, 1966. He passed away at the age of 81, leaving behind a family deeply proud of his service to the country.

However, the family encountered an issue with the traditional military pallbearer service.

“He didn’t retire from the Marines, so they don’t want to do the pallbearer services because apparently, that’s one of the rules that the Marines have,” explains his granddaughter, Sarah Bresee.

The regulation presents a significant challenge as Bresee says there are not many men left in their family who can take on the role of pallbearers.

“My grandmother was wanting Marines and they don’t have to be active duty or anything. She just wants Marines dressed in the blue uniform to come and be pallbearers to honor his service,” she said.

Visitation for Normand will be at 9 a.m. at 6401 Groom Rd. in Baker, La on July 5, 2024. The service will begin at 11 a.m. A graveside service will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Baker.

Anyone wishing to assist is asked to show up at 10:30 a.m. on July 5.

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