APG Memorial to be Completed Spring 2017

APG and community leaders broke ground on December 9, 2016, on a new memorial honoring military, civilian, and contract workers at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) who have lost their lives in the conduct of their missions. Approximately 50 people attended the short ceremony and reception at Festival Park in Aberdeen on this blustery fall day. Mr. Larry Muzzelo, deputy to the Commanding General of CECOM, Aberdeen Mayor Patrick McGrady, Harford County Director of Economic Development Karen Holt, and Army Research Lab leader Charlie Niebubicz gave opening remarks followed by a ceremonial groundbreaking. The APG Memorial at Festival Park will serve as a permanent reminder of the sacrifices and contributions to the national defense by these civilian, military, and contract workers. The memorial is expected to be completed in Spring 2017 and the dedication ceremony of the APG Memorial will be held on May 3, 2017.

The APG Memorial is sponsored by the APG Centennial Celebration Association (ACCA), a nonprofit dedicated to celebrating APG’s 100 years of world-changing technology development.

Community members who participated in the groundbreaking include, (from left), Charles Nietubicz, ACCA; Reverend Lewis Geigan, American Legion Post 128 chaplain; Mayor Patrick McGrady, City of Aberdeen; Melvin Taylor, City Councilman, City of Aberdeen; Mary Ann Lisanti, Maryland State Delegate, District 34A; APG Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Toese Tia Jr.; Larry Muzzelo, deputy to APG senior commander; Karen Holt, Harford County Office of Economic Development; and Barney Michel, President, ACCA.

 

 

Karen Holt, director of Economic Development for Harford County, offers welcoming remarks at the Groundbreaking.

 

Pat McGrady, mayor of Aberdeen, talks about importance of APG to the region.

 

Larry Muzzelo and Pat McGrady at recent groundbreaking for APG Memorial.

 

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