On May 24, 2016, the U.S. Military Academy West Point posted a photograph on its Facebook page, showing an emotional graduate accomplishing a monumental feat. The photo of 2nd Lt. Alix Schoelcher Idrache, tears rolling down his cheeks and dress headgear clutched firmly in his left hand, went viral. Now, the United States citizen who immigrated from Haiti is sharing his story and why the commencement ceremony was such an important milestone in his life.
The Washington Post shed some light on Idrache’s background, explaining that Army records show that he came to the United States from Haiti, earned his citizenship, and served for two years with the Maryland Army National Guard. When Idrache realized his picture had made such a large impact on the Internet, he humbly responded to the outpouring of support.
“I woke up this morning and found my face all over Facebook and with it myriad of amazing comments about my accomplishments,” Idrache shared on Facebook. “I am humbled and shocked at the same time. Thank you for giving me a shot at the American Dream and may God bless America, the greatest country on earth.”
Idrache also commented on Westpoint’s Instagram post, providing visitors with insight about his inspiration. One of the things that has driven him is the vision of his own future.
“Knowing that one day I will be a pilot is humbling beyond words,” Idrache wrote. “I could not help but be flooded with emotions knowing that I will be leading these men and women who are willing to give their all to preserve what we value as the American way of life. To me, that is the greatest honor. Once again, thank you.”