A heartwarming picture of a Haiti-born cadet who has achieved his dream shows his emotions and feelings at the graduation ceremony.
The picture, shared on the social media pages of United States Military Academy and West Point, shows tears streaming down 2nd Lt. Alix Schoelcher Idrache’s face during the graduation ceremony on May 21. Brimming with overwhelming emotions, Idrache said he only knew basic English when he first came to the United States form Port-au-Prince in 2009. Idrache joined the Maryland National Guard and, in 2012, attended West Point.
The picture can be viewed at the bottom of the article.
Idrache is Maryland Army National Guard’s first West Point graduate.
As reported by the Huffington Post, Idrache and 952 other cadets received their degrees on the same day. He earned the Brigadier General Gerald A. Counts Memorial Award for achieving the highest rating in the subject of physics. The cadet, whose roots as he explained in one of the comments in the picture are in Haiti, encountered several U.S. forces on humanitarian missions, according to a press release. He has aspired becoming a pilot ever since.
“People where I’m from don’t grow up to be pilots right? Like they don’t dream of flying a helicopter, that’s not something you do,” he said. “You don’t just say I’m going to be a pilot and make it happen. There’re no aviation, there’re no helicopters, no flight schools. There’re none of that.”
He also spoke about how awe-inspiring it was to look up to the people who graduated before him. “Men and women who have preserved the very essence of the human condition stood in that position and took the same oath,” he wrote. “Men who preserved the Union is a dark period of this country’s history. Men who scaled the face of adversity and liberated Europe from fascism and Nazism.”
Revisiting the first time he filled out branch preferences, he said, “I asked myself what is one thing I could never be if I didn’t come to West Point-and that’s a pilot.” In July, he will be attending the Army Aviation Center for Excellence at Fort Rucker, Alabama, according to Army.mil.
“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,” he wrote. “To me, that is the greatest honor. Once again, thank you.”
The principal source of Idrache’s inspiration, he said, was his father. Dieujuste played a pivotal role in his son’s success. Dieujuste left his education when he was 14 to care and provide for his family. He found work in Port-au-Prince and wanted his children to get the opportunities that he in his time could not have.
“My dad always said, ‘education is the only gift I can always give you, because I don’t have any anything material to give’,” Idrache said.
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