The Third Verse: Remembering Air Force's Fallen Airmen

The Third Verse: Remembering Air Force's Fallen Airmen

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The Third Verse: Remembering Air Force's Fallen Airmen

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“Here’s a toast to the host
Of those who love the vastness of the sky”


The U.S. Air Force Song


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Air Force tradition at the end of the game

Ninety-nine percent of the time, hearing the opposing teams fight song at the end of the game means the team you cheer for lost unless your school is competing against the Air Force Falcons.

At the conclusion of every home sporting event and road football games, the Falcons walk to the area of the stadium where the academy marching band is seated and stand for the third verse.

The Third Verse sounds much different than the rest of the song and is performed to honor the airmen who paid the ultimate sacrifice. When the song finishes, the Falcons either cheer or quietly walk off the field depending on the outcome of the game.

If the Air Force football team comes to your school this season, wait to express your elation or disappointment until you’ve taken a moment to remember those who’ve fallen defending the United States of America.

A few years ago, Jesse Kurtz of the Mountain West Network provided a touching piece on the meaning of the Third Verse. It is a must watch if you are a fan of a team in the Mountain West Conference.

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