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Our guest for lunch this week was Michael Zehnder representing the Great Lakes National Cemetery. Mike is a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam war, who now serves as director of the Oakland County Department of Public Services. The Great Lakes National Cemetery is the second national cemetery in Michigan, and the 122nd in the national cemetery system. Services are held in two committal shelters and are provided for an average of 11 burials each week day. Phase 1A and 1B provide a total of 4,401 in-ground cremation burial sites, 8,768 columbarium niche sites, 4,650 traditional casket burial sites, and 18,080 double-depth pre-set crypts. Established in 2005, the first burial took place on October 17 of that year. It is located approximately 50 miles northwest of Detroit, in Holly Township, the northwest corner of Oakland County. The cemetery borders Fagan Lake, and is located on a portion of a land grant from the Federal Government to Terrance Fagan in 1836. Historically, the property served as farmland until it was acquired by the National Cemetery Administration in 2002.

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