Sunday, September 13, 2009

Spc. Micheal "Pokey" Phillips Memorial Poker Run

Next Saturday, Sept. 19th 2009, is the Spc Micheal "Pokey" Phillips Memorial Poker run. Sponsored by the local Guard Dog organization. This organization is made up of National guardsmen who have served and still do. The proceeds will be going to the Wounded Warriors Project.

We were approached by these wonderful people a few months ago and asked if they could honor our son by holding their annual poker run for wounded warriors in our son's name. At each step of the way they have asked for our input and made sure that we were ok with all they have done. Each stop of the poker run route has a military connection. VFWs, American Legion Halls and both the local veteran hospitals. I feel these stops are incredibly fitting.

If you can make it I will be at the start table and at several of the stops through out the day. I will also be at the last stop for the BBQ at the National Guard Armory in Ardmore, OK.


Dyanna McElwee Vanatta said...

That is awesome!!! How wonderful of them to do that, and Pokey will be in everyones heart that day!!

John said...

That's great. I hope you raise a ton of money for the wounded warriors.

David M said...

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 09/14/2009 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

Holger Awakens said...


What a wonderful event and I'm so glad to see Pokey honored in such a way. I so wish I could make it to this!

Last Friday night (9/11) a bunch of us gathered at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to honor the troops - it was a tremendous outpouring of thanks to our fighting men and women and a memorial to those that sacrificed so much for our freedom. I thought of Pokey that night.

Here's a video of that night at Walter Reed:

A Soldier's Mother said...

I wish I could be there, but it's kind of far - so my heart is there and my best wishes for a wonderful event. I'm so glad they are honoring Micheal this way and doing it for a worthy cause. I'm so glad you find in you the ability to go forward and care enough to help these things happen. As we say in Hebrew - Kol Hakavod - all honor to you...and to your family.