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Ramona’s General Grant is on The History Channel Next Week

Ken Serfass plays U.S. Grant in a TV documentary. And VFW will honor Gold Star Mothers on Memorial Day, with Congressman Duncan Hunter as keynote speaker.

Ramona’s own General U.S. Grant look-alike will have his more than 15 minutes of fame next week on The History Channel. Ken Serfass will portray his childhood hero in a documentary called “Lee & Grant.” It starts at 9 p.m. May 31 on the Cox Cable network. That’s Channel 55 for Ramona subscribers.

Ken is the leader of the Ramona Town Hall Brass Band. The band will perform at a Memorial Day ceremony for the Rancho Bernardo Veterans of Foreign Wars. It begins at 10 a.m. on May 30 at Webb Park, at Avena Place and Bernardo Center Drive in Rancho Bernardo.

Ken, a former Marine, says he considers Memorial Day to be the “most sacred of days on our national calendar” next to July 4th and Veterans Day. He has been performing for those holidays for more than a quarter century. Prior to being in the Marine Corps band, he had a civilian brass quintet when he lived in Pennsylvania. The band often accompanied the Sons of Union Veterans there for memorials at various cemeteries.

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Several of the entries in the rodeo parade on May 21 helped to serve as a preview for some up and coming events in Ramona.

Ramona Stars 4-H Club members were on a float with a variety of animals, from a goat wearing a 4-H shirt to a turkey riding in its own conveyance.

It’s amazing how some of the livestock may be transported from their homesteads to the fairgrounds. One year, there was a VW bug crammed to overflowing with sheep. Well, maybe there were only two sheep sharing the backseat, but the little car was full to capacity.

The Junior Livestock Show takes place at the fairgrounds from July 29 to Aug. 7. There will be everything from guinea pigs to hogs and sows, and from dogs to horses. In between there will be special days for poultry, rabbits, sheep, goats and cattle.

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Congressman Duncan Hunter will be in town on Memorial Day as keynote speaker for the annual ceremony sponsored by the local chapters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Ladies Auxiliary. It begins at 10 a.m. May 30 at Nuevo Memory Gardens, 424 Ash St. Gold Star Mothers — women who have lost sons or daughters serving in the Armed Forces —will be recognized.

Following the ceremony, the group will move to the World War II Memorial, located near the school district office at 720 Ninth St. The ceremony will conclude at noon at the Vietnam Memorial at Schwaesdall Winery, 17677 Rancho de Oro Drive.

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