Florida Victim Peter Wang Gets Honorary Acceptance to West Point
It was an emotional scene as Peter Wang, a heroic student who was killed as he held doors open for fellow classmates during last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla., was honored at his burial Tuesday.
West Point has honored the 15-year-old with posthumous admission into the class of 2025 and honorarium tokens were given to his family. Wang's dream was to attend the prestigious military academy, according to reports.
West Point tweeted the news of Wang's acceptance Tuesday.
An online petition had called for the teenager, a Junior ROTC cadet, to be given full military honors at his funeral.
During the funeral, Cadet Maj. Marshall Ryan eulogized Wang, calling him "a hurricane of sunshine."
The U.S. Army announced it was awarding the teenager a Medal of Heroism for his valor, as well as two other Junior ROTC cadets — Alaina Petty and Martin Duque, both 14 — who were also killed in the massacre.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School teacher Jim Gard told Inside Edition that the medals are well deserved, adding that Wang alone saved anywhere between 10 and 20 lives.
Former vets and members of the Patriot Guard Riders escorted Wang's hearse to the funeral.