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Former Spirit of the Fourth President Loses Battle With Cancer 



LtCol Thomas A.  Richards, USMC (RET) passed away in Virginia Beach, VA. on June 18th after a long and courageous battle against cancer.  A member of the RB Hall of Fame, Tom served our community in many ways and served as Spirit of the Fourth President for seven years!  Having been awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism in Vietnam (citation here) , he was Commander of the local chapter of the Legion of Valor.  Tom is survived by his wife Diane. He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery and a memorial service will be held in Rancho Bernardo at a later date.

Planning for RB Spirit of the Fourth 2014 in HIGH GEAR. 

This web site will be incrementally updated as details of this year's event unfold.  Sponsors and donations from members of our community have been pouring inm but we are still short of the total funding necessary to pay for all of the planned events.  Please consider lending a helping had by clicking on the "Donate" button to the right.

The Theme for 2014 -- "Hometown Heroes"

We will honor members of our community who served our country as a member of the Armed Forces and then returned to this wonderful place we call home.

2014 Spirit of the Fourth Parade Grand Marshalls Chosen:

Three   "Hometown Heroes" have been selected to be the Spirit of the Fourth Parade Grand Marshalls. They are all graduates of Rancho Bernardo High School:  Christopher Brigham, US Army ( biography and photo here), Christopher B. Churchill, US Marine Corps ( biography and photo here). and Kristopher B. Domeij, US Army ( In Memorial - biography and photo here).


Spirit of the Fourth Wraps Up with Evening Entertainment
The entertainment for the Spirit of the Fourth Spectacular Fireworks show has been set. Click here for the story.

Antique, Old & Classic Cars on display
Do you have a classic ride? Why not show it on the 4th in RB.

Contact Us to learn how you can participate in our car show!



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We Need Your Help
In order for our celebration to be a success, we need to raise over $50,000. Your donation enables us to continue providing special events which include the parade and our spectacular fireworks display!

If you had fun last year and/or are planning to enjoy the celebration this year, please consider contributing. Our sponsors provide some of the funding, but we rely on members of the community to meet the budget. Thank You!


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