Aberdeen Proving Ground unveils monument in honor of Gold Star families, dedicates Legacy Forest

Amber Baum gasped when the cover was pulled back, revealing a sculpted “battlefield cross” on top of a three-tiered pedestal honoring local Gold Star families whose loved ones were killed in the line of duty while serving in the military. Baum, 33, of Abingdon, is one of those Gold Star survivors. Her late husband, Army Sgt. Ryan J. Baum, was killed in action May 18, 2007, while serving in Iraq. Baum, herself a former Army medic, attended the unveiling of the battlefield cross monument Sunday afternoon at the Gold Star Plaza and Living Legacy Forest in the Plum Point area of Aberdeen Proving Ground. She was with her 11-year-old daughter, Leia, with whom she was pregnant when her husband lost his life. (Balt. Sun)

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