RB Spirit of the Fourth 2015 is in the history books and the planning and preparation for the 2016 event is complete. 2015 was an astounding success and we look forward to a full day of spectacular fun and patriotic celebration this year. Click on one of the "Special Events" links to the left for the details. The full program and schedule of events will be published in The Rancho Bernardo NewsJournal the Thursday before.

For 2016, the Spirit of the Fourth Committee has chosen "Women in the Military" as the theme and selected Captain Vicki Nenner, United States Air Force (Retired) as Parade Grand Marshal to reflect this theme.

Capt Nenner, also known as Vicki Corich, was born in Marshall, Texas and grew up in Irving, Texas, between Dallas and Fort Worth. She graduated from Irving High School and attended Texas Woman’s University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1966 and was designated the Student Nurse of the Year. Following her graduation, she worked for a year at St. Thomas’s Hospital in London, where Florence Nightingale started the first school of nursing. She later received her Master of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of San Diego in 1984. Capt Nenner joined the United States Air force in 1968 after several of her high school classmates were drafted into military service. Her basic training at Shepherd Air Force base was followed by an assignment to Tachikawa Air Force Base Hospital in Tachikawa, Japan, about 25 miles from Tokyo. In the 300-bed hospital, she served for 4 years as a nurse in a 45-bed post-operative surgical unit and a 10-bed Intensive Care Unit. Soldiers who were wounded in the Vietnam War at that time were air-evacuated to either Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines or to Tachikawa Air Force Base. Interestingly, she cared for James Flemming who later received the Medal of Honor, and, she cared for one of her high school classmates who was wounded. While there, she met the Chief of Police of the base, Paul Nenner, who would become her husband. They were married at the American Embassy in Tokyo in 1970. They were later stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. He was medically retired in 1977 and died in 2007. In San Diego she worked at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla for several years and she later ran a nursing continuing education company. She retired this past January. Capt Nenner remains involved with Veterans Day Activities in San Diego and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Veterans Museum in Balboa Park and the Miramar National Cemetery Support Foundation.

The Theme for 2015 was -- "Generations of Freedom" The official program for Spirit of the Fourth, 2015 can be viewed here.

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

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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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