Ravens embark on historic trip in lieu of practice Monday

The Ravens have changed Monday's practice schedule to go on a field trip.

Head coach John Harbaugh announced that the team will take part in a tour of the Pentagon and the laying of a wreath at the Tomb of th Unknown Solider as well as visit John F. Kennedy's gravesite at Arlington National Cemetary and have lunch at Ft. Myer (Patton Hall).

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

"Our good friend, General Ray Odierno [former head of the Joint Forces Command and Chief of Staff of the Army], stepped up to make this wonderful day happen, and we thank him. This is an amazing experience for all of us. After we tour the Pentagon, we are going to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and they will allow Keenan [Reynolds, a Naval Academy graduate] and Otha [Foster, who served three years with the Marines] to participate in a ceremony.

"How fortunate and blessed are we to experience a day like this. It's humbling, and we are so appreciative."

Leave it to the Harbaughs to take their respective teams on cool trips. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines got to visit Rome earlier this year.

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