The evening sky was thick with dark gray clouds.
There were three volleys of rifle fire. Then silence. A bugler sounded the lonely notes to “Taps.”
As friends and fellow patriots saluted, Jeff DeYoung carried his best friend Cena, a hardened Marine combat veteran like his owner, past the crowd of well-wishers as they boarded a decommissioned Navy ship in Muskegon, Mich. It was there on Wednesday where the black lab, lame with bone cancer, was euthanized.
He was 10.