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Detroit High School Students Volunteer As Pallbearers For Veteran Funerals

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A group of Michigan high school students is making headlines for the way they have decided to give back to their community.

The students from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School have started volunteering as pallbearers at the funerals of ‘unclaimed’ homeless veterans at a nearby funeral home.

The school kicked the program off this month with training sessions to prepare the participants emotionally for the service. They expected around 20 students to show up, but instead over 50 young men attended the training, according to Huffington Post.

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The school’s service director said the teens know it’s not their place to judge someone’s circumstances, but to instead celebrate and respect the dignity of their life. The students were quoted as saying it’s a privilege to be a part of these veterans’ services, and they hope to expand to all people in need. Amen to that!

I think this is an amazing show of compassion and respect, and everyone can take a valuable lesson from these teens. It doesn’t matter where a person stands socially or economically— everyone deserves respect and dignity.

It would be nice to see this community service turn into a larger project, one that involves helping homeless veterans and those in need while there’s still an opportunity to make a difference. How wonderful would that be?!

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Kallie Provencher is a Staff Writer for Rant, Inc. Follow her on Twitter @kallie_pro, “Like” her on Facebook, or follow her on Instagram @RantKallie.