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 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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Why did students wear white gloves and matching school ties?
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  • tristanf-wit
    11/11/2015 - 10:14 a.m.

    they wore white gloves because the caskets have oil on them and you don't want to get your oils on the casket. the gloves prevent you from taking the oils off that make it shinny.

  • marissam1-wit
    11/11/2015 - 10:14 a.m.

    To be respectful to the veterans

    They didn't indent. :(
    I think that the students are very respectfull.

  • mitchellm1-wit
    11/11/2015 - 10:16 a.m.

    they wore the gloves and ties because they were students who toted the flag draped caskets.

  • trevorg-wit
    11/11/2015 - 10:17 a.m.

    I think they wore white gloves to make the veterans feel special and to honor them.

  • caitlina1-wit
    11/11/2015 - 10:17 a.m.

    So it would be like a veteran funeral.

  • kaylees-wit
    11/11/2015 - 10:17 a.m.

    The students wear white gloves and the matching school ties so that they showed that the students looked like family and pride since the funerals were for homeless men and women who served. I think this is a good thing for them to do but its kind of like weird to do also.

  • hollyb-wit
    11/11/2015 - 10:18 a.m.

    They needed to show respect and look good for the funerals. They also toted the flag.

  • alexisb1-wit
    11/11/2015 - 10:18 a.m.

    I believe that they wore white gloves and matching school ties because it shows respect and it shows that they are respectful. I think that it also shows purity. But i still don't understand why they didn't name the three soldiers

  • lexib1-wit
    11/11/2015 - 10:18 a.m.

    They are wearing white gloves to match there ties and show honor. These men are good people.

  • paigel-wit
    11/11/2015 - 10:19 a.m.

    They wore white gloves and matching school ties, because it was respectful of them to be nice and matching.
    I also think it was very nice of these people to be doing this for our veterans that don't have any family able to attend their funeral services.

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