Students find unique way to show respect
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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Why did students wear white gloves and matching school ties?
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COMMENTS (293)
  • centenoc-rob
    11/09/2015 - 09:42 a.m.

    i think the reason that they wore that was to show respect.
    And to show that they are part of the group.

  • gonzalez-pantojaa-rob
    11/09/2015 - 09:45 a.m.

    The students wore white gloves and matching school ties because they wanna show respect. They also did that because they totes the flag-draped caskets at the veterans affair cemetery in holly township.

  • barnettr-rob
    11/09/2015 - 09:45 a.m.

    They did it to show respect for the 3 men. I think that was a good thing that they did for those people. Those boys did not have to do that.

  • davisc-rob
    11/09/2015 - 09:47 a.m.

    They wore white gloves and matching school ties to show respect to the dead and family of the dead. most pallbearers have to dress for the the funeral ,but these young men was representing their school also .

  • bankst-rob
    11/09/2015 - 09:48 a.m.

    to show there way of respect of how they would respect the dead.

  • clarkr-rob
    11/09/2015 - 09:48 a.m.

    They wore white gloves and matching school ties because they were honoring the people who died.

  • balesk-rob
    11/09/2015 - 09:49 a.m.

    The students wore white gloves and matching school ties to show respect. They singed up to be pallbearers for the body's that where not claimed (like the homeless). The people in this article are very kind to sign up to be pallbearers for someone they might not even know...

  • caldwellk-rob
    11/09/2015 - 09:51 a.m.

    High school students volunteer as pallbearers and wear white gloves and matching ties to show respect. They would help serve at funerals of homeless men and women. I think this is a good idea because it shows how much people care.

  • brandonw-1-ver
    11/09/2015 - 10:11 a.m.

    The students wear white gloves and matching school ties to show the respect of the military veterans, some of them didn't have families. I think it is a good way to show the respect to them.

  • andya-pel
    11/09/2015 - 10:13 a.m.

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

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