On July 26, 2017, Corporal Jeff DeYoung carried his best friend, Cena – a 10-year-old black Labrador Retriever and Retired Combat Marine — past the solemn crowd, which had gathered quietly beneath a grey cloudy sky in Muskegon, Michigan. They boarded the USS LST 393 — a decommissioned Navy ship, which now serves as a Veterans Museum. Cena was lame with terminal cancer. Aboard the ship, a veterinarian was waiting to end Cena’s pain.
Three rounds of rifle fire cracked the air. Then silence.
A lone bugler breathed the sacred notes to “Taps.”
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