Generally speaking, we stick to pure politics around here to keep people informed about what’s going on in our nation and the world, but occasionally there’s a story worth telling to revive our hope in the greatest nation on the planet. Such a story surrounds Alix Idrache, who just graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point this week, and hearing the reason he cried during the ceremony is proof the American Dream isn’t dead.
As Idrache proudly stood at his graduation with his fellow cadets, he had no idea someone snapped a photo of him as tears of joy streamed down his face. But just two days later, he awoke to find his picture plastered all over the Internet after going viral, and according to the Independent Journal, he decided to explain what it was that brought him to tears during the ceremony.
In a now-private Facebook post, Idrache had the following to say about the picture:
“I woke up this morning and found my face all over Facebook and with it myriad of amazing comments about my accomplishments. 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.”
A short time later, he discovered the image, taken by Staff Sergeant Vite Bryant, had also been posted to West Point’s Instagram page, so he took the time to explain in further detail what was running through his head as he celebrated his amazing achievement.
In the comment section of the photo, Idrache, who was born in Haiti and moved to the U.S. at a younger age, explained how proud he is to be able to serve our country and what it means to be given such an opportunity:
“I want to thank everyone for your kind and thoughtful comments on this picture. SSG Bryant captured a moment that I will never forget. At this moment, I was overwhelmed with emotions.
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 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 and nazism. 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.
The third is my future. Shortly after leave, I will report to FT. Rucker to start flight school. Knowing that one day I will be a pilot is humbling beyond words. 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.”
When the Independent Journal reached out to Idrache, he said that at first he was intrigued to join the military by the promise of free college. However, he said that growing up he was always infatuated by U.S. soldiers, who maintained a presence in his native country.
As he further pondered joining the military, the allure of free college wore off but the thought of fighting for a powerful idea didn’t fade. That opportunity, Idrache said, he finds “to be a very noble calling.”
“Knowing that there are millions of men and women who are willing to give their most precious gift because they swear to protect and defend an idea, is very appealing to me,” he added.
Growing up in Haiti he knows what real struggle is like, which is why he’s proudly serving the country that took him in and gave him great opportunities. Idrache is an inspiration to us all, and there’s little doubt he’s going to make one of the finest soldiers our nation could ever ask for.