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In nod to normalcy, Pence celebrates Air Force Academy grads

In nod to normalcy, Pence celebrates Air Force Academy grads
Posted at 4:16 AM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 04:16:25-04

Vice President Mike Pence delivered a commencement address to the U.S. Air Force Academy’s 2020 graduating class on Saturday. The speech was a symbolic nod to normalcy and one aimed at showing the country is on a course to gradually reopen after weeks of the coronavirus shutdown. But the event that usually attracts a big crowd in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was far different this year. Friends and family were barred from attending. Instead of gathering at the school's stadium, hundreds of graduating cadets in blue and white dress uniforms sat eight feet apart on the school's parade field and donned masks once the ceremony ended. Pence said he hoped the ceremony would inspire those watching at home.