President Trump delivers address to cadets at West Point graduation

President Donald Trump is expected to deliver commencement remarks to 1,100 graduating cadets at West Point today.

News 12 Staff

Jun 13, 2020, 11:48 AM

Updated 1,441 days ago


President Donald Trump delivered commencement remarks to 1,100 graduating cadets at West Point Saturday.
"This premiere military academy produces only the best of the best, the strongest of the strong and the bravest of the brave," Trump said. "West Point is a universal symbol of American gallantry, loyalty, devotion, discipline and great skill."
The U.S. Military Academy at West Point tells News 12 that the graduates stood 6 feet apart from each other on what's known as "the plain."
All 50 states and about a dozen countries were represented in the class of 2020. The event also honored CJ Morgan, a cadet who tragically died last year in a training accident.
Several speakers also made remarks both in person and virtually. No guests were allowed at the event because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The band performed while separated by plexiglass. The ceremony was streamed live for family and friends.
West Point also tells News 12 that cadets received their diplomas and saluted from the field instead of the traditional handshake.
The graduating class has been quarantined for two weeks as a precaution for the event. A total of 15 cadets tested positive and were isolated.
Now officially second lieutenants, the cadets will begin training for their respective branches.
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