Former Marjory Stoneman Douglas 9th grader Peter Wang has been nominated posthumously by his classmates for America’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Wang was not only a member of the Junior ROTC, but was wearing his ROTC shirt on the day of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting last school year. Wang was seen by multiple classmates holding the door open for his fellow students to exit the building as the shooting was in progress. The Presidential Medal of Freedom honors citizens that have made an “especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” Parkland residents and students have gathered over 10,000 signatures thus far but need 100,000 by December 22 to complete the nomination.

The only other local resident to ever be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom was Marjory Stoneman Douglas herself, the namesake of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Douglas, a Minnesota native, was a legendary environmentalist and is commonly known as “the woman who saved the Everglades.” Douglas was awarded the medal in 1993 by President Bill Clinton.

Wang’s petition can be viewed and signed online at the following link: