John Harbaugh cancels practice, takes team on tour of Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh canceled practice Monday to take his team on a tour of the Pentagon and a visit to Arlington National Cemetery.

“How fortunate and blessed are we to experience a day like this,” Harbaugh said in a statement released by the team. “It’s humbling, and we are so appreciative.”

The Ravens put out a team picture of players, coaches and staff members in front of the Pentagon.

The trip will also include witnessing the laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a visit to John F. Kennedy’s gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery and lunch at Ft. Myer.

“Football is a meritocracy, and our team has worked hard throughout this offseason and training camp. Our coaches appreciate and respect that effort,” Harbaugh said. “The team deserves a day away from the fields and meetings, and an opportunity to spend some time together away from the facility.”

Harbaugh thanked former head of the Joint Forces Command and Chief of Staff of the Army General Ray Odierno, who has spent some with the Ravens during Harbaugh’s tenure, for helping to set the day’s activities up.

He also said that wide receiver Keenan Reynolds, who is a Naval Academy graduate, and defensive back Otha Foster, who served three years with the Marines, will participate in the ceremony for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The Ravens are also off Tuesday, giving the players three days to get ready for Saturday’s preseason game against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium.

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