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 tenet to heart. They are putting it into action. The students have taken on a volunteer experience. They are 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. They carried 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. They outlined the program for students and faculty members.
 
The project was conceived 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, 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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COMMENTS (52)
  • caitlynk-2-bar
    11/09/2015 - 12:15 a.m.

    The students wore white gloves and matching ties to honor the army veteran in the casket they were carrying. They also did this so they would not get the flag they had drapped over the casket dirty. This article was interesting because it showed the reader how anybody can make a difference in this world by sharing their kindness. This article was surprising because I didn't think that people would be so nice without any benifit to them selves.

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

    cause they did not show respect to those men.
    Also they probably dressed up like that so people would think oh these men are so, nice they are really caring about these men or something!!!!!
    ~Brooklyn banks

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

    The reason why students wear white gloves and matching school ties is because they are representing the American Flag.They also wore them was the students who toted there flag draped caskets for the veterans. the story is sad because the veterans risk there life saving humankind so people can live without problems.

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

    The reason why they wear white gloves and matching school ties is to show respect. they signed up to be pallbearers and more than 50 signed up.

  • colleens-
    11/09/2015 - 05:57 p.m.

    The students wear white gloves and matching ties. They do this because it shows respect to our fallen military members. And it shows unity with one another.

  • barbera1-gau
    11/10/2015 - 02:27 p.m.

    I think this is a good this that U of D Jesuit is doing the because it is something that could give them great respect and it could also be something that might look good on a job or collage application. To prove that this is a good thing, Senior Lenny Froehilch says in the 7th paragraph," We kind of represent the family that is not here to be with them. And that is, I think, a privilege."

  • lucast-wit
    11/11/2015 - 10:10 a.m.

    I think that is very cool.

  • masonr1-wit
    11/11/2015 - 10:12 a.m.

    I think the students wore the matching outfit to show respect to the men and women that are being buried.

  • marissam1-wit
    11/11/2015 - 10:13 a.m.

    In honor of the veterans.


    they didn't indent :(
    I think the students were very respect full.

  • roses-wit
    11/11/2015 - 10:14 a.m.

    I think that the article was rather interesting and had multiple details.

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