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Seven people have been buried in the wrong graves at a Rhode Island veterans' cemetery because grave markers in one row were off by a burial plot.

Veterans Affairs Director Kasim Yarn apologized on Monday, saying the state didn't meet its obligations to the veterans or their loved ones.

Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery workers left two spaces instead of one to transfer the remains of a veteran's father in November 2010. The extra space wasn't accounted for when permanent grave markers were added that spring.

Consequently, 21 grave markers were off. Seven interments occurred in that row since.

The dead people and the markers were moved this past weekend. Families are being contacted.

Yarn says there wasn't a formalized process to prevent mistakes like this and he's addressing that.

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