It’s hard to imagine that the people of Harford County and the surrounding region could overlook Aberdeen Proving Ground.
Some might occasionally take it for granted, but they certainly can’t overlook it. The post is massive, covering 72,000 acres, and is and always has been the heart and soul of Harford’s economy. The post, which is embarking on its 101st year, transformed the county the day construction began as APG immediately became Harford’s most important institution.
Nonetheless, it’s good to see Maj. Gen. Randy Taylor, senior commander of APG, making the rounds and reminding everyone of the priceless relationship between the post and the surrounding region. He was at last week’s Havre de Grace City Council meeting, giving a 20-minute presentation thanking the community.
“APG has endured and thrived for the past 100 years, in part because of the patriotism and trust of the good people of Havre de Grace and Harford County,” he said.
“For the last 100 years, the history of Harford County has been the history of APG as well, and the same thing could be said for the City of Havre de Grace,” Havre de Grace Mayor William T. Martin told Taylor.
The relationship between the post and the surrounding communities is critical and it’s good to see APG officials and local officials acknowledging the importance of maintaining a strong, positive relationship.
It hasn’t always been that way during the past 100 years, so we, too, salute Maj. Gen. Taylor and the post that’s been such an important part of so many of our lives.