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Blue Angels make surprise flyover during U.S. Naval Academy graduation

Posted at 3:56 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 17:53:09-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — As any officer that comes out of the Naval Academy will tell you, no battle will go as planned….. and that’s true for this fight against COVID-19.

In the heat of battle you adjust, and that’s exactly what happened Wednesday for the midshipmen graduating as part of the Class of 2020. Because of the pandemic, graduation as we know it was canceled. Five groups of 200 midshipmen gather in the court yard of Bancroft Hall for their swearing in ceremonies. No family, no friends, just them.

So as the blue angels flew down the scenic Severn River, parents of grads, friends and family gathered for a welcome surprise.

Jae Fish has seen the Blue Angels more times than she can count. Friends were visiting so, she couldn’t think of a better way to show them what Annapolis is all about.

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"It means the world for everyone around here. It’s such a staple in Maryland and such a staple in Annapolis that it’s just an awesome experience for all families and people around here to enjoy."

Even this future Navy pilot knows If you’re in combat, one of the best things you can have is air support. The “support” from the air was certainly appreciated today.

Paige Strickus and her family sponsor a midshipmen.

"Knowing what a special day it is …..excited to get a little taste of that today."

A different show for different times in Annapolis but, many parents and spectators are hoping for the full show this time next year.

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