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Military Honored by Baltimore Ravens

On August 19, 2009 at McDaniel College, Joe Flacco throws passes to receivers during Military Appreciation Day at Baltimore Ravens training camp. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt. Chris Schepers/Released, 175th Wing/Public Affairs, WARFIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Maryland)

On August 19, 2009 at McDaniel College, Joe Flacco throws passes to receivers during Military Appreciation Day at Baltimore Ravens training camp. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt. Chris Schepers/Released, 175th Wing/Public Affairs, WARFIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Maryland)

On August 19, 2009 at McDaniel College, Todd Heap practices running routes during Military Appreciation Day at Baltimore Ravens training camp.  (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt. Chris Schepers/Released, 175th Wing/Public Affairs, WARFIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Maryland)

On August 19, 2009 at McDaniel College, Todd Heap practices running routes during Military Appreciation Day at Baltimore Ravens training camp. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt. Chris Schepers/Released, 175th Wing/Public Affairs, WARFIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Maryland)

On August 19, 2009, Technical Sergeant Christine Catherman, and other members of the United States military enjoy a day at McDaniel College during Military Appreciation Day during Baltimore Ravens training camp. (U.S. Air Force photo by MSgt. Lou Deveaux, 175th Wing/Public Affairs, WARFIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Maryland, United States)

On August 19, 2009, Technical Sergeant Christine Catherman, and other members of the United States military enjoy a day at McDaniel College during Military Appreciation Day during Baltimore Ravens training camp. (U.S. Air Force photo by MSgt. Lou Deveaux, 175th Wing/Public Affairs, WARFIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Maryland, United States)

Baltimore Ravens safety, number 20, Ed Reed, and other players, signed autographs and expressed gratitude to the members of the military in attendance during the Military Appreciation Day at Mc Daniel College on August 19, 2009.  In attendance were members of each branch of service and some wounded warriors recovering from injuries received in combat. (U.S. Air Force photo by MSgt. Lou DeVeaux, 175th Wing Public Affairs, Warfield Air National Guard Base, Maryland, United States)

Baltimore Ravens safety, number 20, Ed Reed, and other players, signed autographs and expressed gratitude to the members of the military in attendance during the Military Appreciation Day at Mc Daniel College on August 19, 2009. In attendance were members of each branch of service and some wounded warriors recovering from injuries received in combat. (U.S. Air Force photo by MSgt. Lou DeVeaux, 175th Wing Public Affairs, Warfield Air National Guard Base, Maryland, United States)

Sharing a warrior spirit, members of the United States military huddled with Baltimore Ravens head coach, John Harbaugh and Ravens football players during the traditional after-practice huddle.  Military members were the guests of the Ravens during a Military Appreciation Day on August 19, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo by MSgt. Lou DeVeaux, 175th Wing Public Affairs, Warfield Air National Guard Base, Maryland, United States)

Sharing a warrior spirit, members of the United States military huddled with Baltimore Ravens head coach, John Harbaugh and Ravens football players during the traditional after-practice huddle. Military members were the guests of the Ravens during a Military Appreciation Day on August 19, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo by MSgt. Lou DeVeaux, 175th Wing Public Affairs, Warfield Air National Guard Base, Maryland, United States)

Baltimore -- On a hot summer day in August, members of the Maryland National Guard witnessed warriors of a different kind don their armor and engaged in a practice battle.

The engagement was on a practice field of McDaniel's College in Westminster, MD.

The venue was football and the team was the Baltimore Ravens.

On Aug 19, the Ravens hosted their second annual "Military Appreciation Day."

Exceeding last year's attendance 10-fold, over 500 uniformed military members, including wounded warriors recovering at Walter Reed Hospital, joined with Raven fans to observe the football practice.

At the conclusion of the practice, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh invited all of the military personnel to join him and the team on the practice field.

With everyone gathered together for a team huddle, Harbaugh said, "We thank you for everything you do, we can't thank you enough."

After the huddle, the players mingled with the military personnel signing autographs and posing for pictures.

During the team gathering, Brig. Gen. James A. Adkins, adjutant general, Maryland National Guard, presented Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis with a military coin and thanked him for the support the players and the team have shown the Maryland National Guard.