The Third Verse: Remembering Fallen Air Force Airmen


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


The US Air Force Song


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Air Force lore in late game

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

At the end of every home sporting event and road football games, the Falcons make their way to the stadium area where the academy marching band sits and stands for the third verse.

The third verse sounds very different from the rest of the song and is performed to honor the airmen who made the ultimate sacrifice. When the song ends, the Falcons cheer or quietly leave the field depending on the outcome of the game.

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

Few years ago, Jesse Kurtz from the Mountain West Network provided a touching article on the meaning of the third verse. It’s a must if you’re a fan of a Mountain West Conference team.


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