Peter Wang’s dream was to attend West Point to “be of service to our country.” But Peter’s service came earlier than he anticipated. He died while saving other students during the shooting at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Now people want to help recognize that dream and give him a full military funeral.
Peter, 15, a member of the JROTC who was in uniform when the shooting began, was last seen by witnesses, holding doors open for teachers, students and staff to help get them to safety, allowing them to escape before him. He was killed in the process.
His cousin, Lin Chen said she wasn’t surprised to hear that about him, “He is so funny, caring and selfless.”
From Sun Sentinel:
“He is so brave. He is the person who is genuinely kind to everyone. He doesn’t care about popularity. He always liked to cheer people up. He is like the big brother everyone wished they had,’’ added Chen, who flew in from Louisiana to be with the family.
She said Wang, who enjoyed playing basketball, had two younger brothers, ages 11 and 5. His parents, who were too upset to talk, own a restaurant in Pompano Beach.
Chen said the family had planned to celebrate Chinese New Year’s eve on Thursday.
“I feel the family can never be the same,’’ said Chen.
Because Peter was not a full member of the military yet, he wasn’t legally entitled to a full honors military funeral. His JROTC does have a protocol that will conduct the funeral and provide him an honor guard.
A petition has now been started to the President to help get Peter a full honors military funeral.
Here’s what the petition says:
Peter Wang, 15, was one of the students killed in Florida this past week. He was a Jrotc Cadet who was last seen, in uniform, holding doors open and thus allowing other students, teachers, and staff to flee to safety. Wang was killed in the process. His selfless and heroic actions have led to the survival of dozens in the area. Wang died a hero, and deserves to be treated as such, and deserves a full honors military burial.
The military members are working to help honor Peter.
From Red State:
As one redditor, HighNoon44, commented, “Peter embodied the Army values and he was our brother.”
In addition, the posters at r/military are organizing two main efforts. Those who are able to attend Wang’s funeral next week will attend in uniform. The service is open to the public and will be held at the Kraeer Funeral Home in Coral Springs on Tuesday, February 20, with visitation starting at 11:00 am ET and the service at 1:00 pm ET. Full details are available at here.
Those who cannot attend are sending military patches and coins to Wang’s family. For privacy reasons, they are not posting the family’s address but have a web form where those interested can submit their email address to get mailing instructions.
Wang’s family was so supportive of his participation in JROTC they have decided to donate any funds they receive from the GoFundMe fundraiser in his name to the Stoneman Douglas JROTC program.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]