US Army honors students killed in Parkland school shooting
The U.S. Army awarded medals of heroism to three students who were killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. The three students, Alaina Petty, Peter Wang and Martin Duque, were cadets at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. According to CNN, Petty and Wang’s families were presented with medals at their funeral services and Duque’s family will be presented with his medal during a service on Sunday. The United States Military Academy at West Point announced on Tuesday that Peter Wang was admitted to the academy’s class of 2025 for his heroism.
Students hold protests for safer schools
One week after the Parkland shooting, many students across the country held walkout protests for safer schools. Parkland survivors joined students from across the country in these protests. Florence Yard, a survivor of the shooting, said, “No longer can I walk the halls I walked a million times before without fear and sadness.” According to USA Today, former President Barack Obama expressed words of encouragement to those who took part of the events. Obama tweeted, “We’ve been waiting for you. And we’ve got your backs.”
More than 400 civilians killed by airstrikes in Eastern Ghouta
According to BBC, the Syrian government carried out an airstrike on rebel-held Eastern Ghouta beginning Sunday which lasted for at least five days. These attacks have killed at least 400 people, including civilians and children. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, rainclouds kept the aircrafts from being seen by those on the ground. The UN Security Council has yet to reach an agreement regarding a ceasefire.
Rev. Billy Graham dies at 99
Rev. Billy Graham died in his sleep on Wednesday morning. Graham was a well known and respected Evangelist preacher. He went on many trips across the world spreading the word of God in the name of Christianity. As the preacher for a dozen of America’s presidents, USA Today referred to him as America’s pastor.