Teens at a Detroit area high school wanted to to ensure that homeless veterans with no family are buried with dignity and respect. These Michigan high school students are part of a volunteer program to act as pallbearers for homeless military veterans who otherwise would be put to rest alone.
Tom Lennon, a senior at The University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy and volunteer pallbearer, told Today.com, "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."
Two local funeral homes, along with the county medical examiner office, are working to make sure deceased homeless veterans whose bodies are not claimed by relatives after 90 days are receiving a funeral at Great Lakes National Cemetery. And while they coordinate with Dignity Memorial Network's Homeless Veterans Programs which provides caskets for homeless military veterans, up until now there have been no pallbearers.
Now that these teens are volunteering as pallbearers for homeless veterans, everything is falling into place and these military veterans are proper funeral. More than 50 students signed up for the first training of the volunteer program at their high school, and more students plan to be trained in November.
Dozens of students at a Detroit high school have signed up to serve as pallbearers at funeral services for homeless veterans. It's part of a new service project at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School. Below is a video from a recent funeral for three of these homeless military veterans.
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