Teens serve as pallbearers to pay final tributes to the homeless military veterans


There are people on earth who serve the society till their last breath. But, unfortunately some of them don’t get even the final tribute since they don’t have a family. Everyone deserves a proper burial, hence a group of students of University of Detroit Jesuit School have volunteered to serve as pallbearers for the fallen military members who otherwise would have been buried alone.

This was an opportunity to give something to somebody who finished their life on the fringe of society. 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, said Tom Lennon, 17, a senior at the University of Detroit Jesuit School.

Led by faculty member Todd Wilson, the funeral service is the first new initiative of the school’s student service team. More than 50 students have participated in the first training, and additional students have already signed up for the next training. The Dignity Memorial Network’s Homeless Veterans Program provides caskets for these veterans.

I realized that none of us present knew anything about the deceased. However, we were all there to pay them respect for serving our country. After that, I felt a sense of peace and was thankful that I was able to be a part of the service, said one of the volunteered students.

The initiative of the students of University of Detroit Jesuit High School to serve as pallbearers for both unclaimed veterans and non-veterans is highly motivational and indeed appreciable.

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