What happens to the homeless when they pass without family?
For some students at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School, they opt to serve as pallbearers at their funerals.
Six students from the Detroit school stepped forward last week to lay three local homeless veterans to rest.
The young men, five seniors and one junior, opted to serve as pallbearers for the veterans, who had not been claimed by their family members. They conducted the funerals with dignity and respect.
The students said they did not know what to expect from the experience.
“I was glad and truly honored to have experienced and served those veterans who sacrificed their lives for our country,” student Joshua Gonzalez told local station KTRK-TV.
Gonzalez added that being a pallbearer for the homeless vets was a way he and his fellow students could repay the men for their sacrifices.
In October, the students launched a pallbearer program to provide funeral services for homeless veterans.
They got the idea from a similar program at St. Ignatius High School Cleveland, Ohio.