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Veterans Day Thoughts

Updated: Monday, November 11 2013, 05:25 PM EST
By Bruce Cunningham

As the son of a veteran, I never have to be reminded about Veterans Day. There is no one more deserving of our gratitude and praise.

Two things happened at the Ravens game Sunday that provided a real poignancy to the holiday:

First, after the Bengals had arrived at the stadium, Head Coach Marvin Lewis took a walk around the field. In the east end zone, a group of fourteen Army reservists were in formation, awaiting a re-enlistment ceremony.
As Lewis was leaving the field, he spotted the group and walked over to them.
He walked up and down the lines, shaking hands with every single one of them.
Just Lewis, by himself, no cameras or entourage.This just a few hours before the kickoff to a very important game.
I doubt many people saw it, given the early hour, but I saw it, and I don't think I'll ever forget it.

Secondly: The Ravens invited a spry old WWII veteran to come to the middle of the field for the pregame coin slip. He was in his 90's, and got a very nice hand from the ground when he was introduced. After the flip, the players moved to their positions on the field, and moving with them was head coach John Harbaugh. He made a beeline for the old gentleman, and spent a few moments with him...right there on the field...and right before kickoff.

Those two very simple acts defined this year's Veterans Day for me.Veterans Day Thoughts


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