Peter Wang, the 15-year-old student who held a door open so other students could flee to safety during last week’s deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida, has been laid to rest on Tuesday.
His act of heroism during the Feb. 14 massacre in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has earned the respect and admiration from people around the world.
The brave ROTC cadet was honored with an Army Medal of Heroism pinned on the ROTC uniform he was buried with.
His family was also given a second medal as a keepsake.
His funeral in Coral Springs was attended by his loved ones, schoolmates and hundreds of other mourners who came to support the grieving family.
Peter’s mother Hui Wang was overwhelmed with tears during the service, reports MailOnline.
“I watched you walking to school on February 14,” Mrs. Wang said. “Now my body is bleeding in unbearable pain. Baby, am I in a nightmare? This is unbearable. Baby, hold my hand, reach me. Baby, I’m stuck in this nightmare. Lead the way out.”
Wang, who had planned on attending the United States Military Academy at West Point after high school, was posthumously admitted to the academy’s class of 2025 in recognition of his heroic deed.
One of USMA’s priorities is to develop leaders of character who are committed to the values of Duty, Honor & Country. Peter Wang’s actions on February 14 are an example of those principles & the academy honors his dream of being a West Point cadet with a 2025 letter of acceptance pic.twitter.com/fycvJBhte8
— US Military Academy (@WestPoint_USMA) February 20, 2018
“One of USMA’s priorities is to develop leaders of character who are committed to the values of Duty, Honor, and Country,” the academy stated.
“Peter Wang’s actions on February 14 are an example of those principles and the academy honors his dream of being a West Point cadet with a 2025 letter of acceptance.”
The Florida National Guard joined by two other ROTC students also gave Wang the “Guard of Honor” under the direction of Governor Rick Scott.
Members of the guard, dressed in full uniform, attended the service and paid their respects to the fallen hero whose coffin was draped with an American flag.
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