Air Force Academy Class of 2005

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Vice President Dick Cheney says hundreds of graduating Air Force Academy cadets will help lead the nation to victory in the war against "freedom's enemies."

Cheney addressed the 2005 class Wednesday morning, with the tragedy of the 2001 terrorist attacks dominating his commencement speech on the campus near Colorado Springs.

Cheney says the United States "will not sit back and wait for future attacks," but will instead "prevent those attacks by taking the fight to the enemy."

The crowd erupted with cheers.

Cheney says the continuing threat of terrorism demands a unified response.

Between 900 and a-thousand cadets received their diplomas and a handshake from Cheney, who last spoke at the academy in 2001.