Ravens to hold Military Appreciation Day on July 28

The Baltimore Sun

The Ravens are holding their annual Military Appreciation Day during a free, open training camp practice on July 28 at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Ravens have reserved 3,500 seats for active service members and veterans who present valid military identification when checking in at the stadium for the 7 p.m. practice. They're also inviting immediate family members of servicemen and servicewomen. The team announced that preferred seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Members of the military are encouraged to wear their uniforms and enter the stadium through Gate B.

The Ravens will also give a special edition Ravens patriotic T-shirt for those with valid military identification with their children receiving a military-themed Ravens wrist band. Gift quantities are limited.

This is the Ravens' seventh annual Military Appreciation Day since coach John Harbaugh was hired in 2008. Since the start of Military Appreciation Day, an estimated 8,000 service members have attended Ravens' practices.

Harbaugh was awarded the NFL's Salute to Service Award last year and was a finalist for the award in 2011. In 2012, Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno gave Harbaugh the Outstanding Civilian Service Award.

Harbaugh took part in the annual NFL-USO coaches' tour of the Middle East in 2009 and made another trip to the Middle East to visit military bases in 2014 and has purchased school supplies for children whose parents are serving in the military and sent care packages to troops serving overseas.

In the past, Harbaugh has brought the Ravens' players to Gettysburg, Pa., to learn about the Civil War.



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