Memorial to the fallen doubly sad -- it's nearly full
By KERY MURAKAMI
A stone wall by Benaroya Hall in Seattle already bore more than 8,000 names of Washington residents killed at war.
Wednesday morning, Randy Mitchell was adding 29 more.
At the Garden of Remembrance in downtown Seattle, worker Randy Mitchell prepares Wednesday to sandblast names of 29 more Washington servicemen and servicewomen killed in Iraq and Afghanistan onto the war memorial.
Mitchell, 49, works for Quiring Monuments, and so this is what he does every day: carve the names of the dead into stone.
But inscribing more names on the memorial wall at the Garden of Remembrance will be difficult. The main panels are filled and the dead from two conflicts -- in Iraq and Afghanistan -- must be accommodated.
This is George Bush's legacy.