Students find unique way to show respect Detroit Jesuit High School volunteers serve as pallbearers at a funeral of a homeless military veteran at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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Students at University of Detroit Jesuit High School are encouraged to become "men for others."
 
Some who attend the all-boys Catholic prep school are taking that tenet to heart and putting it into action by taking on a volunteer experience that has them serving as pallbearers at the funerals of homeless men and women.
 
More than 50 signed up to be pallbearers.
 
Six students recently kicked off the project by carrying the caskets of three homeless military veterans during services at Great Lakes National Cemetery, an hour's drive north of Detroit.
 
The men, whose bodies went unclaimed at the county morgue, had served in the Army, Air Force and Marines.
 
Senior Lenny Froehlich was among the students wearing white gloves and matching school ties who toted the flag-draped caskets at the Veterans Affairs cemetery in Holly Township.
 
"We kind of represent the family that is not here to be with them. And that is, I think, a privilege," he said after the first of the funerals.
 
Three weeks earlier, Froehlich and the other two students heading up the project led a training session in the school's chapel, outlining the program for students and faculty members.
 
The project was conceived by students in the school's Ignatian Service Corps, or service team, as a way to better serve the community. It is similar to a program at another Jesuit high school, St. Ignatius, in Cleveland.
 
"I think for the young men here at U of D, it teaches them the value and dignity of life at all levels," said Todd Wilson, the school's director of service.
 
Kevin Desmond, a funeral director at A.J. Desmond & Sons, said additional staff members typically are brought in to serve as pallbearers at services for the homeless. It is a duty University of Detroit Jesuit students now can fulfill.
 
"To be able to recognize that need, to offer this respect, is really a testament to these gentlemen and also just the community and spirit here at U of D Jesuit," Desmond said.

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Why did students wear white gloves and matching school ties?
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COMMENTS (35)
  • johnj-fel
    11/18/2015 - 02:17 p.m.

    They wore white gloves and matching school ties to show respect and to look nice for the people that have died and had no fam members to come to their funeral.

  • mattv-fel
    11/18/2015 - 02:18 p.m.

    I think the students wore the gloves and matching ties to show even more respect, and show that they're all part of the service.

  • kolbyd-fel
    11/18/2015 - 02:18 p.m.

    They wore white gloves and matching school ties because when a military personnel is buried the pallbearers are in their uniform from the army and wearing white gloves.

  • travisb-fel
    11/18/2015 - 02:19 p.m.

    Students wore white gloves because it was a military funeral and it shows respect. They wore matching school ties because it was a school project.

  • mimir-fel
    11/18/2015 - 02:19 p.m.

    The students wear matching attire, such as gloves and ties because they are pallbearers in which are to look formal and respectful for the solemn funerals of unclaimed homeless men and women.

  • callans-fel
    11/18/2015 - 02:19 p.m.

    The students wear white glove and matching school ties so that they look the same at the funeral, and the people attending the funeral will know that they are part of that school, and it shows respect to the person that they are burying.

    carrrrrralll!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ethanw-fel
    11/18/2015 - 02:19 p.m.

    They wore these accesorys because "We kind of represent the family that is not here to be with them.

  • helenaw-fel
    11/18/2015 - 02:19 p.m.

    Students wore white gloves and matching school ties because they represent the family that can't be with the people that died

  • audreya-fel
    11/18/2015 - 02:20 p.m.

    Students wore white gloves and matching school ties because it looks professional and is respectful.

  • calaabj-fel
    11/18/2015 - 02:21 p.m.

    Students wore matching school ties and white gloves because they were showing respect to the dead service men and women and they also represent the family that wasn't there.

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