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Ravens to Host Military Appreciation Day on Sunday

Sunday's open practice at M&T Bank Stadium will serve as the organization's annual Military Appreciation Day.

John Harbaugh will once again honor the military at Sunday's practice.
John Harbaugh will once again honor the military at Sunday's practice.
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens will once again host Military Appreciation Day during their open practice this Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

The practice is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and is open to the public with no admission fee.

About 3,500 seats will be reserved for veterans and active service members, as long as they present a valid military ID. Immediate family members of those that have served or are serving in the military are welcome to join in the seating area. The seats are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

"We’ve got great respect for the military," coach John Harbaugh said. "We just really feel strongly about who the heroes are in our country. We understand that the freedom we enjoy to make all of our dreams come true -- the American Dream -- is made real by the sacrifices that are made by the American heroes in our military all over the world."

Harbaugh has long been an advocate of the military and has incorporated Military Appreciation Day since his arrival to Baltimore in 2008.

On the day before the first full training camp practice, Harbaugh took the players that had already reported to the team facility up to Gettysburg to learn about the infamous Civil War battle.

For the second time on Monday, Harbaugh wore a shirt that read "Fix Bayonets," to which a reporter asked about.

"That has to do with the 20th Maine on the second day at Gettysburg -- Chamberlain’s charge down the hill," Harbaugh said. "‘Fix bayonets’ was a command, and it has resonance for our football team."

Harbaugh's point with wearing the shirt will certainly resonate with some of Baltimore's fans, too.

"Maybe people think we’re out of bullets, too, so we’ll find out," he said.

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