Photo Of Teary-Eyed Haitian Immigrant Graduating From West Point Goes Viral For All The Right Reasons


Army Second Lieutenant Alix Schoelcher Idrache awoke Tuesday to find an image of him during his West Point graduation Saturday making the rounds on social media after the photo, taken by Army Staff Sergeant photographer Vito T. Bryant, was posted to the U.S. Military Academy Facebook page early Tuesday morning.

Carbonated.TV has the scoop:

“I woke up this morning and found my face all over Facebook and with it myriad of amazing comments about my accomplishments,” Idrache wrote Tuesday 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” …

One of the reasons for his instant fame is Idrache’s humble background. An immigrant from Haiti, the hardworking Caribbean worked his way through the nation’s most prestigious military schools, earned his U.S. citizenship and served for two years as an enlisted soldier with the Maryland Army National Guard…

“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,” wrote Idrache. “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.”

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