West Point Admits Fallen Hero Peter Wang For Saving Students in Florida Shooting

West Point Admits Fallen Hero Peter Wang For Saving Students in Florida Shooting

February 20, 2018

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.

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“One of USMA’s priorities is to develop leaders of character who are committed to the values of Duty, Honor, and Country,” the organization wrote in a tweet on Tuesday. “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.”

Peter Wang
via FaceBook / Jesse Pan

Wang would have graduated in the year 2025; afterwards, he would have looked forward to a long and illustrious career in the military.

Peter Wang West Point
via Twitter / WestPoint_USMA

The news comes on the same day as Wang’s funeral, where he was also posthumously awarded the Medal of Heroism by the Army. Additionally, an Honor Guard was supplied by the governor’s office.

Peter Wang
via FaceBook / Jesse Pan

“It’s my understanding that this is an open casket service and the family requested their son be buried in his JROTC uniform,” U.S. Army Cadet Command spokesman Michael Maddox said. “The JROTC Heroism medal will be on his uniform, but a second ‘keepsake’ medal will be given to the family.”

peter wang
via FaceBook / Jesse Pan

According to eyewitnesses verified by the U.S. Army, Wang was last seen in his JROTC uniform, holding the door open for his fellow classmates so they could flee to safety.

peter wang jrotc
via Twitter / sunrisepost365

GoFundMe account set up for the young hero, with all proceeds going to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s ROTC program. It has it already received $16,092 — exceeding its original $15,000 goal — and has discontinued accepting donations.

Peter Wang Memorial
via GoFundMe / Peter Wang Memorial Fund

Rest in peace, Peter Wang, knowing you achieved your young dreams.

Featured Image via Twitter / WestPoint_USMA
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