- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) - Military and civilian officials dedicated a sculpture at Aberdeen Proving Ground honoring local families who have lost sons or daughters in combat in the U.S. armed forces.

U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger was among the dignitaries who spoke Tuesday at the dedication of the Gold Star Mothers statue.

The bronze sculpture of a seated woman was commissioned by St. John Properties Inc. The company developed the Government and Technology Enterprise business park on the Army post in northeast Maryland, about 30 miles from Baltimore.

St. John spokeswoman Sharon Akers says the statue stands near a large, stainless steel sculpture of a fallen star that was dedicated last year at the entrance to the business park.

The new piece was created by Maryland artist Will Hemsley.

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