National Guard Asks for Privacy

National Guard Asks for Privacy Click to Enlarge Photo: Minnesota National Guard

(KNSI) - Now that funeral services are set for the three Minnesota National Guard soldiers who died in a helicopter crash, officials are asking the public and the media to respect the soldiers' families' grieving process.

Major General Jon Jensen says they need space, time and privacy.

"What is important to remember though is that the Nord, Rogers, and Plantenberg families need time, space and privacy to grieve, mourn, and remember their loved ones. Their privacy during this time is very important, and I will protect their privacy as a priority. So I ask everyone, everyone, to respect these families and their grieving process during this time. Their lives have been forever changed as a result of this tragedy. Let them grieve on their own timeline, and not your timeline"

Sergeant Kort Plantenberg's funeral will be Thursday at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville. Chief Warrant Officer 2 James Rogers Jr's funeral is set for Sunday in Winstead. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles Nord's funeral will be held Monday in Perham.

The Minnesota National Guard said via Twitter that, "At the request of the family, media members will not have access to the service. The family will not be providing interviews at this time."

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