© 2024 Michigan State University Board of Trustees
Public Media from Michigan State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
TECHNOTE: 90.5 FM and AM870 reception

Service Held For Veterans' Cremains Found At Funeral Home

Great Lakes National Cemetery
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Committal shelter at Great Lakes National Cemetery.

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 (80 kilometers) 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.

To help strengthen our local reporting as WKAR's fiscal year ends, we need 75 new or upgraded sustainers by June 30th. Become a new monthly donor or increase your donation to support the trustworthy journalism you'll rely on before Election Day. Donate now.