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Fallen U.S. Marine Honored With Long Island Walk-Run Fundraiser

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LIDO BEACH, L.I. (CBSNewYork) — A walk-run event was held Saturday in Lido Beach, Long Island, to honor the memory of a fallen U.S. Marine.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, even though it was windy and rainy in Lido Beach Saturday, that did not stop hundreds of people from participating in the Ace in the Hole Foundation Walk-Run.

Seven years, ago, Marine First Lt. Michael Licalzi was killed in Iraq. The 24-year-old Long Island native had been in Iraq only six weeks when the M1A1 battle tank in which he and three other Marines were traveling flipped off a bridge into a canal in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.

To honor and remember Licalzi, his father and twin brother started the foundation, which raises money for a number of charities.

The fallen Marine’s father, Greg Licalzi, said the foundation has raised over $350,000.

“Most are military causes, but some are medical charities like Huntington’s Disease,” Greg Licalzi said.

Michael Licalzi’s twin brother said he considers Michael a hero.

“He doesn’t have his birthday’s anymore, he doesn’t have — he doesn’t get a chance to be married, have children,” said Greg Licalzi Jr. “So this is really his event, annual event that people come to celebrate his life.”

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