20 sets of veterans remains found at Cantrell Funeral Home to be memorialized

Forgotten soldiers, remains to be honored
Posted at 6:43 AM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-12 12:40:45-05

A day after millions of Americans celebrated Veterans Day, more than a dozen veterans with ties to Michigan get a chance to be honored.

Verheyden Funeral Home has stepped in to oversee the transfer of 20 cremated remains to the Great Lakes National Cemetery on Monday morning after the remains of veterans were forgotten.

The 20 sets of remains were found among more than 100 left behind at the now-defunct Cantrell Funeral Home. It’s part of a story that’s caught attention across the state as an investigation was launched after bodies were found to be improperly handled and left inside the funeral home.

Beginning at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, November 12, a procession of 20 hearses will begin to move the veterans to Great Lakes National Cemetery — a military burial grounds located in Holly, Michigan.

A Michigan State Police escort will guide the procession to the cemetery where a service will be held at 11 a.m. That service is open to the public and will include 20 individual flag presentations, a 21 gun salute and a traditional playing of taps.