This is Alix Schoelcher Idrache. You might have seen him around the internet these past couple of days. You might be wondering why a man, standing at attention, in the middle of a bunch of other guys in uniform, is crying.
To be honest, if you were him, you’d be crying too.
You would look like this if you were born and raised in Haiti, one of the poorest countries on Earth.
You would look like this if you had been accepted at West Point, where only 9% of those who apply are accepted.
You would look like this if you earned your U.S. citizenship.
You would certainly look this if you graduated in the top 5% of your class. Or if you prefer, the top 25 students out of 950 graduates.
Don’t tell this guy the American Dream is dead and gone.
What he was feeling at the moment the picture was taken:
“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 preserved the very essence of the human condition stood in that position and took the same oath. 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. Women like CPT Greist, LT Haver, MAJ Jaster [the first female Ranger School graduates] who rewrote the narrative and challenged the status quo to prove themselves worthy of being called Rangers. 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. 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.”
Alix Schœlcher Idrache