Do you ever feel like you’re complaining about things that really don’t matter? Maybe you don’t appreciate what you have?
Me, too. Here’s a reminder of how LUCKY we are to live in the United States.
2nd Lt. Alix Schoelcher Idrache stood at attention during the commencement ceremony at West Point, N.Y., and was overcome with emotion. His gloved left hand never let go of his white, gold and black “cover,” the dress headgear that Army cadets wear, even as tears covered his face.
West Point uploaded the photo to their Facebook and Instagram pages and it went viral immediately! Lt. Idrache posted this message: “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 …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. 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.”
Idrache’s father, Dieujuste, immigrated to America and brought the rest of his family in 2009, one year before an earthquake leveled much of Port-au-Prince. The family had very little, but his father always stressed the importance of education, “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 was a leader in his class of 950 cadets. According to a West Point news release, he was named a regimental commander last summer and said in an Army news release Wednesday that he grew up in Port-au-Prince watching U.S. troops perform humanitarian missions in his native Haiti. He became West Point’s top graduate in physics, earning the school’s Brigadier General Gerald A. Counts Memorial Award.
Idrache will report to Fort Rucker, Ala., to start flight school, next month.
Don’t let ANYONE lie to you – America IS the GREATEST country in the world and the American DREAM is alive and well!