Coral Springs, Florida: Mark Disher – Gruntworks Contributing Blogger and SGT P – Gruntworks Editor In Chief
JROTC Cadet Peter Wang, 15, was laid to rest in Coral Springs, Florida today. The U.S. Army West Point Military Academy has honored him by offering a posthumous acceptance to West Point Cadet Class 2025. The U.S. Army also awarded him the Medal of Heroism for his actions in saving the lives of students in the Parkland School massacre.
In addition to family, friends, and classmates, the Veterans of South Florida, a 501c3 charity comprised of veterans committed to helping other veterans, showed up to honor this hero at his funeral. VoSF members report that hundreds of mourners attended his funeral today.
Mark Disher, Navy Veteran and resident of South Florida, had this to say about our young hero:
I had the honor and the privilege of attending Peter Wang’s funeral service today with some of my fellow veterans. Peter was a JROTC student with plans to attend West Point and serving his country as an adult. This brave young man lost his life while protecting other students and risking his life to allow them to escape. He was 15 years old- and, when faced with a life and death situation, was more brave than many adults in this country today.
We went to his service because we all wanted to show his family the deep, profound respect we had for his bravery and selflessness. He was a military man before he ever had the chance to serve, and before he was technically even a man. The military -and veterans after service- truly are a band of brothers. We look out for each other’s interests, protect one another, poke fun at each other, give hard truths and tough love to one another- and respect each other to the ends of the earth. There was a very impressive showing of uniformed military and veteran support, I’d put it at a hundred or so most likely, including the Patriot Guard Riders, who led the procession after the visitation. Many veterans or military men and women that are KIA don’t get that kind of hero’s farewell. Very fitting for this young man.
From all indications, Peter had a lifelong calling to serve and protect others- he intended on serving and sacrificing for this great country a few short years from now. Plans, however, don’t always play out the way we think they will- and his plan was no different. Peter was called to serve and sacrifice much earlier in life than he thought- and on February 14th, in the face of evil, he rose to the occasion with tremendous bravery and unshakable resolve. He sacrificed himself to help others get to safety, and paid the ultimate price in doing so.
In just the span of a few minutes, Peter went from high school kid to joining our band of brothers- and we couldn’t be any more proud to have him. Rest easy, young hero.
The Veterans of South Florida answered a call for action from the Gruntworks Facebook page. In addition to members attending Cadet Wang’s funeral, many comments were left in the comment section…honoring this young warrior for his sacrifice. One of Gruntworks’ loyal fans left this on the post:
The full post and comments can be seen here: