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Neglected remains of veterans buried Friday at Great Lakes National Cemetery

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HOLLY TOWNSHIP (WJRT) - (05/30/14) - The remains of seven American servicemen were finally given a proper burial, Friday, at the Great Lakes National Cemetery. Their ashes had been neglected and forgotten for decades.

It was a brief but moving service Friday morning at the Great Lakes National Cemetery, on this the original date for Memorial Day. Participants say the servicemen got the respect they were owed.

Dozens of Patriot Guard Riders turned out for the service, but no friends or relatives of the deceased were on hand because they couldn't be located.

These ashes had long been forgotten.

"They've been on the shelves at the funeral homes unclaimed between 20 and 41 years," said Nancy Dlugokenski, Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council commander.

The remains are being given proper burial through a program called the Missing in America Project.

"The oldest one is from World War I and the rest of them were from World War II. One Navy person and the rest were from the Army," Dlugokenski said.

The ceremony included a rifle volley salute and a flag folding.

"It's just outstanding the number of veterans and members of the different military groups that participate in this," said Bill Wentz of Fenton, who is a member of the Patriot Guard Riders.

"This is the least I can do for those that are fallen and those that are currently serving in our Armed Forces," said Shirley Joynt of Bay City, also a member of the Patriot Guard Riders.
 
"There are actually 200 cremains at the Detroit morgue that the Missing in America Project is going to look into next," Dlugokenski said.
 
If any more of those cremains are positively identified as U.S. veterans, attempts will be made to locate relatives. If no family members are found, those vets will eventually join their comrades at the Great Lakes National Cemetery.

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