Their burden is ours, too [Editorial]

We cannot say it enough that our grateful nation should always do what it can to show its gratitude not only to those who have sacrificed their lives, but also to the loved ones they left behind, in defense of our country.

There’s no better place than Harford County to be a model for how our fallen heroes and their families should be honored. In Havre de Grace, there’s a Gold Star Families Memorial at Concord Point not far from where the Susquehanna River meets the Chesapeake Bay.

Visiting that monument is a moving experience, one that’s a fitting tribute for those who, as the saying goes, paid the ultimate price, and their families left dealing with their loss.

Aberdeen Proving Ground has been a stalwart part of Harford County’s foundation for more than a century since its beginnings in World War I and its opening in 1918, developing and testing all kinds of military equipment and weaponry and training countless soldiers.

As important as APG has been to Harford County and to our nation’s warfighters, it’s equally important the Army post honor the fallen and those they left behind.

“There is no real way for us to do justice to the enormity of sacrifice of Gold Star families,” Maj. Gen. Randy Taylor, APG’s commander, said Sunday during a brunch honoring Gold Star Mothers and Families. “But I hope today’s events and the memorial can provide you some small measure of comfort knowing that we have and will continue to stand with you as you navigate the twists and turns of life, and that our memorial will always be a place where memories and heroism of your loved ones will live forever.”

That pretty much sums up APG’s tribute to those who have died in the line of duty. The post has created a monument to the fallen and is working to perpetuate its importance.

APG has a Living Legacy Forest, a living monument with a large gold star embedded in the center of a plaza in the middle of a grassy field.

Dr. Jill Biden, the former Second Lady of the United States, was the featured speaker at Sunday’s event, offering not only her thanks to the Gold Star Mothers and Families, but also trying to find some words of comfort to those who have suffered huge losses.

We find what she said to be words for everyone to ponder:

“The fallen we remember here today will continue to be loved and missed,” Biden said. “Our grieving families served in their own ways and time doesn’t quite erase the suffering. That is why we must continue to wrap our arms around them, we must continue to lift them up and help carry their burden.”

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