Students offer their time to honor homeless veterans
The 11th of November was marked by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, to commemorate the ending of WWI and to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. In the run up to this year’s 96th day of recognition, six students from Michigan High School have dedicated their free time to act as pallbearers at the funerals of three homeless veterans.
An inspiration to everyone, the students originally intended to carry caskets for homeless and unclaimed individuals, but then focused their efforts on those who had served their country and were in need of a pallbearing service.
Senior Joshua Gonzales helped lead the initiative, and he said the opportunity is “meant to help dignify and respect the human being.”
The idea has since gained popularity with volunteers from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy pupils now involved, and a further pallbearing training programme is expected to launch this month to increase the service.