This West Point Cadet Went Viral; His Story Will Move You Even More

Not long ago, a photo of an emotional West Point graduate swept the Internet. Haitian-born 2nd Lt. Alix Schoelcher Idrache was captured with tears streaming down his face during the graduation ceremony.

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Idrache’s image resonated far and wide online. The image was posted to West Point’s Facebook and Instagram pages. But the story behind the photo will move you even more.

The Washington Post reported Idrache worked his way through West Point after immigrating from Haiti just one year before an earthquake devastated the island nation’s capital city. He became a U.S. citizen and served as an enlisted soldier with the Maryland Army National Guard for two years.

Idrache’s touching photo was also shared with photographer Eunique Jones who posted it to her “Because of Them We Can” Facebook page. His caption said he was “overwhelmed with emotions” at that moment.

Three things came to mind and led to those tears. 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 preserved the very essence of the human condition stood in that position and took the same oath […]

The third is my future. Shortly after I leave, I will report to Ft. Rucker to start flight school. Knowing that one day I will be a pilot is humbling beyond words.

Idrache replied to the attention:

Idrache wrote on Facebook that he’s “humbled and shocked” by the feedback he’s received from the photo. He thanked his father for encouraging him to pursue an education that would not have been possible in his homeland.

“Thank you for giving me a shot at the American Dream and may God bless America, the greatest country on earth,” Idrache wrote.

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