The Baltimore Ravens will hold their Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, Aug. 4, coinciding with the team’s open training camp practice at M&T Bank Stadium.
This marks the Ravens’ fifth-annual Military Appreciation Day, an event head coach John Harbaugh instituted during his first season with the team in 2008. Harbaugh, who plans to address the military guests just prior to the start of the practice, has been an advocate of the U.S. Military since his Baltimore arrival. In 2011, he was selected as one of two finalists (Titans owner Bud Adams) for the inaugural NFL Salute to Service award for exceptional efforts to honor and support the military community.
This past spring, Harbaugh was presented an Outstanding Civilian Service Award by General Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army. Harbaugh’s passion for assisting the troops was felt immediately by the Ravens in 2008 when he helped institute Military Appreciation Day. Away from the field, Harbaugh often recruits players and coaches to join him for military base visits. He has also spent significant time and funds putting together holiday care packages for soldiers overseas, in addition to school supplies for military families.