President Trump is scheduled to ship the graduation handle Saturday on the U.S. Navy Academy – and it’s anticipated to be in contrast to any graduation held in latest reminiscence at West Point, N.Y.
That’s as a result of quite a few precautions are being made to forestall the unfold of the coronavirus.
For one factor, the occasion gained’t be held at 38,000-seat Michie Stadium, the place the academy’s soccer crew performs. As a substitute, it will be held on the Parade Area, an open space surrounded by statues of legendary U.S. Military generals, akin to Washington, Eisenhower, MacArthur and Patton.
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For one more, members of the family of the cadets will be watching through livestream. They gained’t be there in individual to look at their family members graduate.
“This is a real unique year. It really is,” Sherman Fleek, the West Point Command historian, informed lohud.com. “I’ve already been asked, ‘Is this the most unusual year for disruption and events?’ And I said, ‘Fifty years from now, they’ll make a determination. You just can’t say this is it.’”
The 1,100 cadets in attendance additionally will be seated six ft aside, in line with medical officers’ recommendation relating to social distancing. There will even be no handshaking, lohud.com reported.
And the swearing-in of the cadets as second lieutenants – which usually happens after the ceremony – has as an alternative already occurred, on Could 23 through pc, the outlet reported.
After some preliminary concern that the occasion is perhaps canceled due to the virus, academy officers introduced in April that they’d proceed “after careful consideration of the steps the Army can take to mitigate risk,” Military Secretary Ryan McCarthy stated on the time.
When President Trump initially disclosed his plans to talk at West Point, the date was set for Could 23 however was subsequently modified to Saturday amid the disruptions attributable to the coronavirus.
The president expressed some disappointment on the time that the ceremony could be altered from earlier years.
“They’ll have some big distance, so it will be very different than it ever looked,” the president stated, in response to The Hill. “Do I like the look? No, I don’t. And eventually, next year, they’ll have a commencement like it’s been.”
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This will be Trump’s first graduation handle at West Point, becoming a member of an extended checklist of presidents together with Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Invoice Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Taft was secretary of conflict on the time of his speech; Eisenhower additionally spoke there whereas chief of employees; and George H.W. Bush beforehand spoke there twice as vp.
Vice President Mike Pence spoke at West Point final spring.