Defense Secretary addresses graduating West Point cadets

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WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will speak to graduating U.S. Military Academy cadets Saturday in a ceremony at West Point’s football stadium with pandemic precautions. Austin is a 1975 graduate of West Point. He will address about 1,000 cadets who will become U.S. Army second lieutenants on Saturday. West Point’s graduation ceremony is returning to Michie Stadium a year after the pandemic prompted a change in venue. Last year, then-President Donald Trump spoke to graduates sitting spaced out on the academy’s parade field. All guests at the ceremony this year must provide either a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of vaccination. 

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