Cortez, 29, was on his way back from a call when waves capsized his patrol boat on Nov. 17, 2020. His body has yet to be found. He was a Tulalip Tribal member and was born and raised on the reservation.
“Charlie was a son, brother and father of two beautiful children,” says a news release from the Tulalip Tribes. “Please join us to honor his sacrifice and support his family.”
The memorial will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Angel of the Winds Arena, 2000 Hewitt Avenue, Everett. The service is open to the public.
Beforehand, a procession will travel along the Everett waterfront, then head east on Hewitt and to the venue. People who want to view it are encouraged to find a spot by 11 a.m. along Marine View Drive, north of the naval station.