Three Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) cadets lost their lives in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. All three cadets -- Peter Wang, 15, Alaina Petty, 14, and Martin Duque, 13 -- have been honored posthumously with JROTC Heroism Medals, reports the Army Times:
The medal is awarded for heroism "so exceptional and outstanding that it clearly sets the individual apart from fellow students or from other persons in similar circumstances."
Peter Wang hoped to attend West Point Academy, the elite U.S. Military academy in New York, after graduating from high school. He was posthumously added to the class of 2025:
“It was an appropriate way for USMA to honor this brave young man,” a statement said. “West Point has given posthumous offers of admissions in very rare instances for those candidates or potential candidates whose actions exemplified the tenets of duty, honor and country.”
They also posted a tribute to Wang on their facebook page.
The guard is also attending the funerals of the fallen students to remember their dedication:
I’ve directed the @FLGuard to honor the three fallen JROTC members from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. @FLGuard members will be attending funeral services and paying respect to these JROTC members, their families and loved ones. https://t.co/0w8Lnuh5ro— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) February 20, 2018
So, while the media is focused on the false story that "the NRA" trained the school shooter, let's remember these heroes. Remember Peter Wang, who died in his uniform while protecting other students.