NORTHVILLE, Mich. (WXYZ) - Psalm 13 - "I will sing to The Lord, for he has been good to me." - was solemnly read as members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars gathered for a special service at Northville’s Rural Hill Cemetery.
A service many would call long overdue.
"I thought it was really cool that the post actually claimed these unclaimed bodies and gave them a proper burial. Especially for the veterans," said Greg Zunich a navy veteran.
The casket held the remains of several veterans. They all valiantly gave their lives to protect the freedom we all enjoy. American heroes with no one to claim them - until now.
"We treat all veterans as family. We try never to refuse a veteran if we get a call for a veteran service,” says retired Army Colonel Larry Fenner. "You don't want people to forget what a lot of these people have died for."
The relationship - not cemented in blood, but in service and in dedication to the stars and stripes.
The flag, traditionally given to the family on behalf of a grateful nation was handed to a representative of the American Legion.
Funeral director David Griffin worked to make this all possible.
"Anytime people can step up and do the right thing, show our support for those, especially those who have served our country - It's American," he says.
As the American Legion riders revved up their Harleys and rode off, they did so knowing their newly adopted brothers at arms now rest in peace.
Griffin tells me the veterans laid to rest today served in various conflicts - the oldest dating back to the Spanish-American War. That was 1898.
Now, all these years later, he and his fellow heroes have finally received a proper burial.