by: John Bachman Updated:
ATLANTA - Patriotic pageantry at big-time sporting events like Braves games, even this weekend's Final Four, could feel the pinch of massive federal cuts.
The Braves put on a great show before and during their Opening Day game Monday night. They had vintage planes fly over during the National Anthem. However, there were not jets, or National Guard Blackhawk helicopters as in years past.
"Very few people see that without getting goosebumps," fan David Anthony told Bachman.
Sequestration is cutting the patriotic
"Sequestration has really put the pinch on what Georgia National Guard and frankly all military outlets can and can't do as far as community events," said MaryTherese Tebbe,
Last year, Tebbe said the guard did 300 events and said no to 90 requests. So far this year, they've already had to say no 60 times.
Anthony said it's affecting his son's Air Force Academy graduation as well.
"Big thing with that is (the) flyover and tossing hats. They've canceled that. We were looking forward to that for four years," Anthony said.
Fans miss the flyovers, and the Guard misses the chance to show the public what it does.
"But we all have to give up things we want during these times, so I don't want to say we shouldn't give it up. For me it's a little personal this year," Anthony said.
"Something like that is for show for entertainment. As far as economy we have to cut back. It has to happen," Brandon Sanders, of Marietta, told Bachman.
The Final Four has asked the Georgia National Guard