The U.S. Army will honor the three young heroic JROTC cadets who were slain in Parkland, FL shooting with will be presented with Medals of Heroism at each of their memorial services.
From The Daily Caller
The U.S. Army will honor 15-year-old Peter Wang’s sacrifice and “selfless service” by presenting the Medal of Heroism to his family during a memorial service Tuesday, an Army spokesperson told The Daily Beast and confirmed to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
A Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) cadet, Wang bravely held a door open for his fellow students as a gunman murdered pupils and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. Wang, dressed in his uniform, was killed while saving others.
Other JROTC members praised Wang for his “selfless service,” according to The Washington Post.
The Medal of Heroism recognizes individuals whose performance “involved the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities,” the Army told TheDCNF. As an additional honor for his unfailing strength of character, the U.S. Army’s West Point Academy, which Peter had planned to attend, posthumously accepted him Tuesday.
Wang is expected to be buried in his JROTC uniform adorned with the prestigious Medal of Heroism, the Army revealed. A second “keepsake” medal will be presented to the family.
Alaina Petty and Martin Duque, two 14-year-old JROTC cadets who were killed in the shooting, are also being awarded the Medal of Heroism.
To earn a JROTC Medal of Heroism, one of the highest honors a cadet can earn, “the achievement must be an accomplishment so exceptional and outstanding that it clearly sets the individual apart from fellow students or from other persons in similar circumstances,” an Army spokesman told TheDCNF.