36 2019 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES GAMEDAY MAGAZINE
LET THE ENERGY
For Dana, a third-year member of the Eagles Cheerleaders, the squad’s
visit last month to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia brought back vivid
memories of one of the darkest days in our nation’s history.
Eighteen years ago, Dana’s father, Gregory, was at the Pentagon for
business on 9/11. A senior audit manager for the General Services
Administration, Gregory routinely visited the D.C. area on business.
Just a seventh-grade student at the time, Dana was picked up from
school early that morning by her mother, Cheryle, and spent the day
at her aunt’s house waiting for the call that he was indeed OK.
Dana’s family has numerous ties to our armed forces. Her one
grandfather, Dominic Balsama, was an airman for the 49th Fighter
Bomber Wing in the Korean War. After the Air Force, Balsama joined
the Army Reserves and became a first-class sergeant.
Her other grandfather, John Pasqualone, was an Army corporal and
served in Europe during World War II as part of the 10th Mountain
Division that traversed the mountains of Italy.
Inspired by her family members, Dana pursued opportunities to work
with organizations that emphasize community service in and around
her hometown of Washington Township, New Jersey. In 2016, at the
behest of the groups that she worked with, she ran for town council
“I think about my family members every time I listen to the
national anthem. I’m thankful and appreciative of all the family
members and everybody that has served in the military and the
armed forces,” Dana says.
Dana writes a note of condolence and
remembrance at The Pentagon Memorial
honoring lives lost during 9/11.
Dana listens to her constituents
at a Washington Township