The U.S. Army has awarded Heroism Medals to the junior ROTC cadets killed in the Florida school shooting last week.
The three JROTC cadets were killed on Feb. 14 in Parkland when Nikolas Cruz shot up Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Besides the cadets, 14 others died.
But the cadets were recognized for helping save lives, particularly Peter Wang, 15, who eyewitnesses said held a door open so that students could escape the scene faster.
Calls had been made for a military funeral for the cadets and a spokesperson for the Army told the Daily Beast that the Army gave a Medal of Heroism to each slain student.
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 first was presented to Petty’s family during her memorial service on Monday while Wang’s was to be given to his family during his memorial service on Tuesday.
Duque’s family will be given his medal on Saturday, reported the Daily Beast.
The medal recognizes cadets whose performance “involved the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities.”
— Brittany Wallman (@BrittanyWallman) February 20, 2018
A spokesman for the Army told Fox News that Wang’s medal was going to be on his uniform as his family requested that he be buried in it.
“The JROTC Heroism medal will be on his uniform, but a second ‘keepsake’ medal will be given to his family,” Michael Maddox said.
Also, the U.S. Military Academy West Post is posthumously admitting Wang. Wang dreamed of attending the academy when he grew older.