Ask McFartnuggets: “Why Are There Military Flyovers At Sporting Events?”

Dear McFartnuggets: 
Sometimes at military funerals they will have a flyover of military jets to honor the deceased soldiers. Then they also do the same thing at football games like the Super Bowl. Isn’t this disrespectful to the deceased veterans? Why is this honor that is paid to the men who have sacrificed their lives for freedom thrown away on a crowd of drunk football fans? Doesn’t that devalue the tradition? That would be like doing a 21 gun salute at a football game for no reason. Why not just have a guy with a giant fan and parachute fly into the stadium instead? Why did they stop doing that? That was fun and it was nothing you would see at a military funeral either! -- Desmond from Charlestown, Massachusetts

Dear Desmond:
They usually do the flyover at football games when there’s a giant American flag unfurled at the center of the field. I think it’s just meant to honor the flag and all the fallen patriots that have given their lives. I agree it maybe should only be used at military funerals, but it gets the fans excited so nobody really complains. People like seeing fast planes fly over their heads and as long as that’s true it will be a part of football pre-games for years to come.

I guess the opening of Yankee Stadium is similar to a military funeral...

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