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)
Students find unique way to show respect
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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 belief to heart. They are putting it into action. They are taking on a volunteer activity that has them serving as pallbearers. They serve at the funerals of homeless men and women.
 
More than 50 signed up to be pallbearers.
 
Six students recently kicked off the project. They carried the caskets of three homeless military veterans during services at Great Lakes National Cemetery. It is located 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. They wore white gloves and matching school ties. They 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.
 
Froehlich and the other two students heading up the project led a training session three weeks earlier. It was held in the school's chapel. They outlined the program for students and faculty members.
 
The project was thought up by students in the school's Ignatian Service Corps, or service team. It's 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. He is the school's director of service.
 
Kevin Desmond is a funeral director at A.J. Desmond & Sons. He 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 and 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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COMMENTS (293)
  • meharvans1-lin
    11/06/2015 - 02:35 p.m.

    I think students wear white gloves because I think real soldiers where white gloves for respect. They probably where matching school ties because in the military they do that so nobody could show off fashion. Just to be your self working hard.

  • mikolajs-day
    11/06/2015 - 03:06 p.m.

    The students or white gloves and matching school ties to show respect. This growing group would carry caskets of homeless military veterans. The white gloves and matching ties or sign of them being part of this group. All of this is done to show respect to veterans.

    • roberth1-jac
      11/16/2015 - 04:26 p.m.

      I agree with mikolajs-day's comment. The students wore white gloves and matching school ties to show respect. But the reason this happened is because the boys wanted to show respect to veterans.

    • rebeccat-612b-
      12/16/2015 - 02:51 p.m.

      that is true and i think that you posted that from the heart

  • John0724-YYCA
    11/06/2015 - 09:09 p.m.

    I think that it is a good idea for these people to serve at these people's funerals because they know that they are serving the people who serve their country. I think that we all should have been like these people because they honor the people who fought for us. I think that who ever started this school is a good man.

  • brandons-day
    11/07/2015 - 10:44 a.m.

    This is a very touching article. Considering the kids would sign up and do this for the veterans is amazing. It is very sad that we have veterans that our homeless and suffering. Something needs to be done about that.

    • petersd1-gau
      11/10/2015 - 01:42 p.m.

      Yes this is so touching. I would so sign up. They are showing a lot of respect.

  • jacks-gra
    11/08/2015 - 02:33 p.m.

    To show respect. They didn't start the program just so they could disrespect the veterans. I think that this was a great idea that they came up with.

  • isabellaf-gra
    11/08/2015 - 08:23 p.m.

    The students wore white gloves and matching school ties because it shows respect to the dead and everyone else.

  • daisyd-pel
    11/09/2015 - 09:30 a.m.

    They wear white gloves and matching school ties because, they were honoring the death of a Veteran.

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