Aberdeen, Md. (WJZ)– Aberdeen Proving Ground hosted an event for the local community to see their military tools in action during their centennial celebration.

Resident got a rare, up close and personal look at our Army’s weapons.

“It was really entertaining,” Brenden Holloway said.

“Every time it shot it would go off the wheels, and land back down, I thought that was pretty cool,” Brenon Waterfield said.

“Wanted to celebrate that with the community that supports us, they’re incredibly understanding when it comes to the sound of our testing, they embrace that, they join us in referring to the sound of freedom,” said APG major general Randy Taylor.

The local community was invited to see the impressive work of APG.

“When the War Fighter gets it, it has basically gone through all the facets of testing, that it needs to go through, so that piece of equipment when it arrives in their hand is ready to go and be used on the battlefield,” said APG facility management specialist Kevin Pelletier.

People were given the opportunity to further understand one of the world’s most important research and development centers for the military.

“Makes us feel like part of the community, like we always felt, its our neighbor for my whole life,” Melanie Holloway said. “It was loud and shook my whole body.”

The impressive ceremony was hosted on Armed Forces Day to see and also feel the power of our military.

“I thought it was awesome,” Adena Meninger said.

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