The Navy Yacht Club of Long Beach continued an annual tradition last Sunday with an emotional tribute to wounded warriors. The club hosted more than 50 military war veterans for a day at sea, a dramatic gun salute and rendering of honors at the USS Iowa, then returned to the club’s Alamitos Bay headquarters for a luncheon.

Tommy Wheeler CWO3 USN (retired), a Staff Commodore of Navy Yacht Club Long Beach, explained why he chairs the event: “Having served, I understand the sacrifice these veterans and their families made. So many came home with both physical and mental injuries and this event is designed with them in mind.”

After pausing to reflect he said, “I owe them something — and chairing this cruise is something

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