Peter Wang, 15, was a freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where he was a member of the school’s Army JROTC program. He gave up his life for his fellow students during the shooting rampage last week.
Now, military members will honor Wang at his funeral.
What’s going on?
According to the Sun-Sentinel, Wang was last seen holding open a door for students who were running away from the gunman. He was putting the lives of his classmates ahead of his own.
He was later found shot and killed.
“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,” Wang’s cousin told the Sun-Sentinel.
Wang wasn’t a member of the actual military, so he cannot be buried with full military honors. But that hasn’t stopped members of the military Reddit subforum from rallying military support for Wang.
What are they doing?
The Reddit users are organizing two efforts:
- They are encouraging any military service member to attend Wang’s funeral on Tuesday in uniform. The family has requested a large military presence.
- For any military service member who wants to honor Wang but cannot attend his funeral, the Reddit users are asking them to send the family military unit patches and unit challenge coins.
The Reddit group also looked into getting an honor guard for Wang’s funeral, but a family member said the school’s JROTC unit is performing the honor guard and funeral.
The family has also said they’re donating GoFundMe donations received in Wang’s name back to his school’s JROTC unit.
“Peter embodied the Army values and he was our brother,” the top comment on the Reddit post read.