A group of students at a Michigan high school found a unique way to honor those who have fought for our country.
Six students from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School decided to honor members of our military by serving as pallbearers in the funerals of unclaimed veterans.
High school Senior Joshua Gonzales first had the idea as a way to give dignity to the city’s homeless population. He and his friends began volunteering at funerals for homeless people, but the idea soon became more specific. The students wanted to honor the lives of homeless veterans whose bodies were unclaimed.
Six teens initially served as pallbearers for three veterans, and their classmates were inspired by what they did. Soon, more than 50 classmates had signed up and been trained to continue volunteering at funerals.
“This was an opportunity to give something to somebody who finished their life on the fringe of society,” Senior Tom Lennon said, according to InspireMore. “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.”
Sources: InspireMore, Newsiosity, YouTube / Photo Credit: CNN via Inspire More