Peter Wang’s final act of heroism has been recognized by the world in the wake of the deadly Florida school shooting but mostly by the military and veterans alike.
The 15-year-old U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet was awarded a Medal of Heroism by the U.S. Army, was accepted into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and military members, as well as veterans, showed up to pay their respects at his funeral Tuesday afternoon.
His funeral was standing room only, a clear sign his selfless act of holding a door so his classmates could escape the gunman’s barrage of gunfire had inspired people from all around the state of Florida.
Wang received a funeral any decorated war veteran would have been proud to have, but for Wang, the sad truth is he was far too young to be one of them. He was a child with a bright future that was robbed from him before he had a chance to serve his county.
“What that kid did was above and beyond what any other kid would do,” said Retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Alan Starr, who runs a youth outreach program, for the U.S. Navy, while attending the funeral in Coral Springs, FL.
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