Effort Underway to Re-Open Old Sacramento Military Museum

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SACRAMENTO-

Every year the California Military Museum in Old Sacramento hosts a wreath laying ceremony on Memorial Day weekend.

But this year's event was a little different.

"It's a feeling of emptiness, not only in the building but in my heart and soul about what happened," said Ken Nielsen, vice president of the California Military History Foundation.

Nielsen spent almost 40 years in the military.  He helped organize the annual Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony at the museum, which closed just over a year ago.

Sunday some visitors came in hoping to see a display of military history.

"I think its a horrible disservice to our military and our civilians who want to support them," said Dan Stewart.

Instead of seeing memorabilia and artifacts, they saw empty rooms, a boarded up wall and bare shelves.

"It's surprising and it's a sad state of affairs that we can take this away," Stewart said.

The state withdrew funding for the museum last year.

The artifacts are now in storage.  The only thing still intact is an incomplete memorial wall, built to honor California's 732 fallen service members since 9/11.  More than 250 names are still missing from the wall.

Now Nielsen, and other veterans who fought for this country, are fighting to preserve its history.

They're circulating petitions and fundraising in an effort to re-open the museum.

The foundation estimates they'll need about $500,000 to get the military museum back open.

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