Former O.G. resident Ramon seeking list of names

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Orange Grove is a place that honors its soldiers.

There is a wall outside the Orange Grove Area Museum honoring the Texans who sacrificed their lives in battle, and a wall in Orange Grove High School honoring the soldiers now serving in combat.

But in honor of Orange Grove's Centennial in 2008, former resident Lupe Ramon sees another way to honor those from the community who serve.

Next year, Ramon plans to unveil a plaque, inscribed with the names of retired members of the military.

The plaque will have a home in the OG Area Museum, hanging in the Memorabilia Room.

The museum really impressed Ramon, who said he was touched by its list of names of WWII veterans.

The plaque will be a place of honor for those who committed their career to the service of their country.

Progress on the plaque is slow. Ramon knows six or seven members of the community who are retired military, but he said he's sure there are others out there.

"I want to pay respects to all the retirees out there from the Orange Grove area," Ramon said.

That includes those living in Alfred, Sandia and elsewhere.

The only requirements are that they graduated from Orange Grove High School and retired from military service.

Ramon spent a career serving in the Air Force in San Antonio, and along with his military career, has quite a reputation for his singing ability, which has been showcased in many venues across the country.

Ramon will be in Orange Grove to perform on Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. in the museum. All military retirees or family members who know of a military retiree, can contact Ramon through email at, by phone at 210-595-3026, or by mail at Lupe Ramon, 4507 Lakebend West, San Antonio, Texas, 78244.