6 students from University of Detroit Jesuit High School have come up with a unique way to honor our nation’s fallen heroes: serving as pallbearers in unclaimed veterans’ funeral services.
The idea originally belonged to high school Senior, Joshua Gonzales. It started off as a way to give dignity to Detroit’s homeless population– the boys planned to volunteer at funerals for homeless individuals– but, as more students gained interest, the job became more specific; the students decided to become pallbearers for homeless veterans whose bodies went unclaimed.
6 boys served as pallbearers for 3 veterans. The boys inspired their classmates, and now a total of 50 boys have been trained to continue serving this need.
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“This was an opportunity to give something to somebody who finished their life on the fringe of society,” said high school Senior, Tom Lennon. “These veterans were men I have never met, but they helped make the country I live in safer and stronger. No matter who they were or what they did on earth, every person deserves a proper burial.”
The thoughtfulness of these young men is simply incredible. What a gesture of love and respect to those who have served this country.
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