Community breaks ground on APG Memorial

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Community Breaks Ground on APG Memorial

For the last century, the Soldiers and civilians of Aberdeen Proving Ground have dedicated themselves to developing, testing, and fielding innovative equipment designed to increase the effectiveness and safety of the warfighter. Over the course of 100 years, a number of individuals have lost their lives in the pursuit of these achievements. Though their numbers are few compared to the thousands of men and women who have worked at APG since 1917, their sacrifice in support of the warfighter has not been forgotten and will be forever memorialized in Aberdeen at Festival Park. The APG Memorial will serve as a permanent reminder of those who died in the line of duty. 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.

The APG Memorial Groundbreaking will be held Friday, December 9, at 10:30 a.m. The event starts at the American Legion Hall in Aberdeen at 44 N. Parke Street and moves across the street to Festival Park for the actual breaking of ground.

For 100 years, the people of Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) have dedicated themselves to developing, testing, and fielding world-changing technology. As we tell the story of APG’s impact over the last 100 years, we must include those who lost their lives in the conduct of their missions. 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. Despite safeguards, elements of the missions conducted throughout APG’s history have been, and continue to be, inherently dangerous.  Nevertheless, dedicated workers continue to perform these missions.  Whether conducting Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDTE), Training, or Installation Operations, some APG employees sacrificed their lives in the conduct of those missions.  We, their colleagues or fellow service members, pause to remember them and thank them for their friendship, their contributions, and their sacrifice.

As of 2016, we realize we have not yet captured the name of every person who died in the performance of their duties, but we wish to recognize them nonetheless.  We continue to actively seek their names and the circumstances associated with their fate and we welcome information from the community. Please contact charlie@apg100.org if you have a story to share. Ultimately, we hope to establish a virtual memorial to all of them. 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.

 

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