*update added (scroll down)*
When we first saw the names released, we were already hearing whispers of ‘hero’. Now we know the full story.
His dreams of attending West Point came to an abrupt halt, on Valentines’ Day.
But it’s what he did on THAT day that has people petitioning for him to be buried with full Military Honors.
Here is the text of the Petition which is currently at about one-quarter of the necessary 100,000 goal.
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.
Those who would contest the military burial would remind us that, strictly speaking…
JROTC does not provide basic training so it does not count as “being in the military.” Wang’s funeral would require intervention from the government. —Fox News
And one commenter from the FB post cited below obviously agreed with that pushback:
Sorry, but he never went to basic training, AIT, or officer/cadet training school.
He’s not a legitimate soldier and is not eligible for such honors. Especially since he wasn’t killed on duty or in a military conflict.
People can “call for” whatever they want but they can’t have it.
It will be a charged question, for sure. But however that is decided, as someone who aspired to West Point, he certainly showed exactly the heart, selflessness and dedication we have come to associate with that honored institution.
While in uniform, he put the safety of others ahead of his own.
Peter Wang stayed and held the door open so that classmates could escape from the gunman at his Florida school. He died…
*Update: although Peter Wang did not ultimately receive a military burial… he was given a posthumous honor of a different sort:
West Point conferred a letter of admission, along with honorarium tokens, to his family, local West Point alumnus Chad Maxey said.
One of USMA's priorities is to develop leaders of character who are committed to the values of Duty, Honor & Country. Peter Wang's actions on February 14 are an example of those principles & the academy honors his dream of being a West Point cadet with a 2025 letter of acceptance pic.twitter.com/fycvJBhte8
— U.S. Military Academy (@WestPoint_USMA) February 20, 2018
How do you think Mr. Wang’s heroics should be honored?