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Cadets run in honor of fallen family members

Lt. Dan 5K raises money for disabled veterans

The Independence Fund in coordination with The Citadel will host the Lt. Dan 5K Run, Saturday, Sept. 14, to support disabled veterans and their families.  Registration is available online at TicketRiver  or in person at 7:30 a.m. Saturday in front of Johnson Hagood Stadium.  The cost to attend is $35 and includes a ticket to the Lt. Dan Band concert, which is raising money to support disabled veterans.  The run will begin at 10 a.m.

Members of the Special Forces Auxiliary Club will participate in the run to honor Special Force graduates, Lt. Col. Charles Buehring, ’85, and Capt. Dan Eggers, ’97, who were killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Buehring was one of the highest-ranking casualties of the war in Iraq. He was killed by enemy rocket fire attack on the Al-Rasheed Hotel in Baghdad October 26, 2003. His sons, sophomore Cadet Charles A. Buehring and freshman Collin N. Buehring, will be running in memory of their father.

Eggers died May 29, 2004, when his humvee hit an explosive device in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan, is named in his honor.  His sister Cadet Rosemary C. Eggers, a junior cadet will make the run in his honor.

The Special Forces Auxiliary Club will run the race in a traditional military formation-style run, carrying respective company and battalion flags through Hampton Park and around The Citadel campus while chanting military cadences.  Money raised by the cadets will be donated to the Independence Foundation in the names Buehring and Eggers.

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