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
“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.”
Wang would have graduated in the year 2025; afterwards, he would have looked forward to a long and illustrious career in the military.
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.
“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.”
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.
A 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.
Rest in peace, Peter Wang, knowing you achieved your young dreams.
Featured Image via Twitter / WestPoint_USMA