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.
Hero cadet Peter Wang, the 15-year-old JROTC member who sacrificed his life so that other children could live during the Parkland Shooting, has been posthumously accepted into The United States Military Academy Preparatory School, often referred to as West Point.
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
Cadet Peter Wang to Receive Medal of Heroism, Honor Guard For Sacrificing Himself to Save Others in Florida Shooting
Peter Wang, the 15-year-old JROTC member who heroically saved many lives during the gruesome Parkland Shooting on February 14, will receive an Honor Guard at his funeral as well as be awarded the Medal of Heroism by the Army.
In the GoFundMe page dedicated to the cadet, Chino Leong, a close friend of Wang’s family, said that the “governor’s office will be supplying an honor guard” for the young hero’s funeral.
An honor guard – or Guard of Honor – is a ceremony conducted by the military whenever they are welcoming someone important or escorting a casket to a funeral. Additionally, Wang, along with fellow JROTC students Alaina Petty and Martin Duque who were killed in the school shooting, will be awarded Medals of Heroism, the service’s highest medal for cadets to recognize their bravery, according to Task and Purpose.
It is with broken hearts that Sunrise Post 365 & Stoneman Douglas JROTC shares the loss of our soaring eagles! We honor them, and will miss their courage, tenacity, and their smiles! Cadet Peter Wang, Cadet Martin Duque, and Cadet Alaina Petty. May they always soar high! pic.twitter.com/eg0TKprzMV
— sunrisepost365 (@sunrisepost365) February 18, 2018
Peter Wang was a 15-year-old student at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
He was one of the 17 adults and children killed in the massacre on February 14.