If you’ve been to a Braves, Falcons, or Hawks game recently, you’ve probably seen it. Local veterans wave to the fans from the field during a break in the action. A handful of National Guard members sing the national anthem. “Hometown Heroes Nights” feature montages and camera shots of smiling and waving men and women in uniform. They’re seemingly ingrained in the gameday experience at this point – the announcer says some kind words, the uniformed soldiers wave, and the entire crowd stands and applauds. And there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact it’s the exact sort of thing that professional sports franchises should be doing as they rack up record setting revenues and beg for taxpayer funded stadiums.
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