FALLBROOK – Fallbrook's Shady Grove neighbors met at their neighborhood bridge at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day to listen to the playing of Taps, thereby joining in the National Moment of Remembrance by pausing to remember those who have died in military service. Their six community streets are named after Fallbrook war heroes, keeping alive the memory of those who died defending our country.
Taps was played by Jose Sanchez, a ninth grader from Fallbrook High School. He was elected as All Band Captain for the 2023 marching season. He's been playing the trumpet for three years following in the footsteps of his older brother, who was also a member of the band for his four years of high school. Sanchez is a member of the FHS JROTC and his special, gifted talent is that he knows every country's flag and can name the country in an instant when shown its flag.
Afterwards, the neighbors met in Veterans Park for an ice cream social renewing old friendships and meeting new neighbors.
Submitted by Rhonda Longson, Connections Crew Chair.