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Names Added To Sacramento War Memorial

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Ken Clark and Paul Ruhkala stencil names of fallen veterans from Sacramento to be engraved onto granite slabs at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium on Thursday, April 22, 2016.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Twenty-eight names have been added to Sacramento's war memorial.

Paul Ruhkala owns the company that was hired to etch the names into granite tablets inside Sacramento Memorial Auditorium.

He uses a computer to perforate the names on a rubber sheet. He then glues the sheet onto a granite tablet and uses a scalpel to remove the perforated sections.

"The letters that are pulled where you see the granite and we do the sand-blasting and that recesses into the granite, cuts into the granite," Ruhkala says.

He then uses an acid to stain the names. Since the Spanish-American War, 976 Sacramentans have died in wars fought by the United States.

There are actually two memorials. When the first memorial ran out of space for names, a second one was created inside.


Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob is the Sacramento Region Reporter. He has been at the forefront of the coverage of the Sacramento Kings' saga and the effort to build a new arena in Sacramento. He also covers education, business, environment, and sports stories.   Read Full Bio 

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