2nd Lt. Alix Schoelcher Idrache stands at attention as tears fall down his face during the commencement ceremony at West Point, N.Y. It was an emotional moment, and the picture instantly went viral. But when people started learning the true story behind this incredible achievement, the picture suddenly spoke even more than a thousand words.
Idrache immigrated to the United States from Haiti. He earned his citizenship by serving for two years as an enlisted soldier in the Maryland Army National Guard. To go through so much struggle and finally see your dreams realized is a breathtaking moment. Standing there, dressed in a perfectly pressed uniform, he couldn’t keep his emotions in check. It was all too much – he was just so grateful.
“Three things came to mind and led to those tears,” Idrache wrote after he realized that the picture had gone viral. “The first is where I started. I am from Haiti and never did I imagine that such honor would be one day bestowed on me. The second is where I am. Men and women who have preserved the very essence of the human condition stood in that position and took the same oath. Men who preserved the Union [in] a dark period of this country’s history. Men who scaled the face of adversity and liberated Europe from fascism …Women like CPT Griest, LT Haver, MAJ Jaster who rewrote the narrative and challenged the status quo to prove themselves worthy of being called Rangers.”
And the third thing? He is leaving West Point to report to Fort Rucker, Ala., to start flight school. He will one day be a pilot, and he will be leading people like those brave men and women who are more than willing to give up everything to preserve the American way of life: The American Dream.
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