Poker run helping keep a soldier's memory alive

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Coming up Sunday, May 24 (Memorial weekend) will be the 10th Annual Sgt. Dan Sesker Memorial Poker Run. Nine years ago, on April 6, a roadside bomb in Iraq ended the life of a young soldier who was just five years out of high school.

Dan Sesker and classmate David Bollenbaugh signed up together for the Army National Guard in 2000. The 2001 OHS graduates wanted to be CAV Scouts in the cavalry, a forward reconnaissance unit. They deployed twice together, once to Kosovo and once to Iraq.

“Our mission in Iraq was to do everything from route clearing (searching for roadside bombs) to escorting protected people. We were also in charge of protecting many different sensitive areas while there,” says  now Master Staff Sergeant Bollenbaugh. 

PHOTO ID: Standing proud and strong, just like the soldier in whose memory this flag pole was erected. Poker Run committee members recently installed a new flag pole at the Dan Sesker memorial site. Sesker’s former fiancée, Angie Sesker Adreon assists Phil “Eddy” Edwards in hoisting the flag. Following the flag raising, everyone stood by solemnly as a recording of the song “Forward March” played. This song by SGT Daniel Moon was written in Sesker’s memory. The words appear on page two.               

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