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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COMMENTS (52)
  • samanthag2-wit
    11/11/2015 - 10:19 a.m.

    They wore matching school ties and white gloves to respect the veterans and possibly wore it to respect the flag. They wore the matching ties so they look nice and represent the school and have respect for the school and veterans.

  • michaelc-wit
    11/11/2015 - 10:20 a.m.

    I think that the boys wear the white gloves to show honor to the soldiers and match their ties.

  • westonh-wit
    11/11/2015 - 10:20 a.m.

    The students wore white gloves and matching ties to represent there school and they wore the white gloves to look like the soldiers that would have carried the caskit.

  • roses-wit
    11/11/2015 - 10:21 a.m.

    Students wore white gloves and matching school ties for respect to the veterans for a thank you. I think this article was rather interesting.

  • evym1-wit
    11/11/2015 - 10:21 a.m.

    They might have warn white gloves and matching school ties because they were honoring and respecting the vetrans.

  • lonar-wit
    11/11/2015 - 10:22 a.m.

    To show respect when carrying the caskets.And who toted the flag on the casket of the veterans that has passed away.

  • spencerm1-wit
    11/11/2015 - 10:23 a.m.

    I think students wear white gloves and matching school ties because they want to honor the veterans and remind people what veterans did.what does pallbearers mean I thought it was a type of person who does group things about people who fought.

  • lonar-wit
    11/11/2015 - 10:23 a.m.

    To show respect and who toted the flag on the casket.

  • kaylieh-wit
    11/11/2015 - 10:23 a.m.

    I think its because there honoring the Veterans, and it shows respect and also it looks nice. I also think that they wear black ties and white gloves because it reminds them of the past because back then they only had black and white gloves.

  • theaw-4-bar
    11/12/2015 - 12:54 a.m.

    Students wore white gloves and matching school ties to show respect for the deceased. They showed respect for the deceased because the deceased were homeless military veterans. "We kind of represent the family that is not here to be with them. And that is, I think, a privilege," said senior Lenny Froehlich. I liked this article a lot because young people are doing a random act of kindness and love to the veterans that have served for this country.

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