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Service held for veterans' remains found at funeral home

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A service has been held at a Michigan cemetery for the cremated remains of about 20 military veterans found in a closed Detroit funeral home.

A police escort on Monday led hearses bearing the remains from the Detroit area to Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, about 50 miles northwest of Detroit. They were given a 21-gun salute and taps was played.

The remains were among several hundred discovered this year inside the Cantrell Funeral Home, which the state shut down in April after inspectors found improperly stored bodies and other violations.

Verheyden Funeral Homes provided identification of the remains at no cost and led efforts to bury them. Non-military remains were interred earlier this month at a Detroit cemetery. Some of those have yet to be identified.

Catherine Shaffer joined Michigan Radio in 2014. She works in the newsroom and specializes in stories related to the life sciences, health, and technology. Catherine earned a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Michigan State University and a Master’s from University of Michigan. Prior to Michigan Radio, Catherine has worked as a freelance writer, mainly in focusing on biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry, since 2001. She is also an award-winning fiction writer. When not at work, Catherine enjoys being in the outdoors and practicing yoga.
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