There is very little anyone can say to ease the pain of the Florida school shooting. Regardless of which side of the gun debate you’re on, the loss is tremendous. West Point Academy stepped up to focus on some of the heroes of this tragedy by admitting three fallen JROTC cadets to the Academy and recognizing their bravery.
Three junior ROTC cadets who were killed in the Florida high school shooting last week will be honored with heroism medals by the U.S. Army.
A spokesman for the U.S. Army told Fox News on Tuesday that Cadet Command approved Junior ROTC Heroism Medals for cadets Alaina Petty, Peter Wang and Martin Duque.
It is with broken hearts that Sunrise Post 365 & Stoneman Douglas JROTC shares the loss of our soaring eagles! We honor them, and will miss their courage, tenacity, and their smiles! Cadet Peter Wang, Cadet Martin Duque, and Cadet Alaina Petty. May they always soar high! pic.twitter.com/eg0TKprzMV
— sunrisepost365 (@sunrisepost365) February 18, 2018
The family of Petty, 14, were presented the medal during her funeral service Monday, at which more than 1,500 people attended to pay their respects.
Wang’s family received his medal at his service Tuesday morning.
According to students and teachers, Wang, 15, died in his junior ROTC uniform while helping students, teachers and staff escape from the shooting rampage.
… “It was an appropriate way for USMA to honor this brave young man,” the academy said in a statement. “West Point has given posthumous offers of admissions in very rare instances for those candidates or potential candidate’s whose actions exemplified the tenets of Duty, Honor and Country.”
The family of 13-year-old Duque will receive the medal on Saturday during his funeral services.
The families of the fallen should be proud of such fine examples of bravery in the face of danger and chaos.