Pence going to Colorado for Air Force Academy graduation

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Vice President Mike Pence speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

DENVER (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will travel to the Air Force Academy for its pared down commencement ceremony on Saturday.

He will address graduating cadets in person, not by video as originally planned. Pence’s office announced his plans late Tuesday. The event usually attracts a big crowd at Falcon Stadium and ends with a traditional aerobatics demonstration by the Air Force Thunderbirds.

Because of the coronavirus outbreak, no spectators, including family, will be allowed at this year’s ceremony, which will only last about 30 minutes. The Thunderbirds will only perform a flyover. Cadets will march 6 feet apart and sit 8 feet apart and won’t march up to get their diplomas.

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