The 57th-annual Salute to Navy Luncheon, hosted by the National City Chamber of Commerce and the city of National City, honored more than 150 Sailors yesterday. Civilians, Navy commanders, Sailors and elected officials gathered together to show their support to the U.S. military, their families and acknowledge Sailors from various ranks.

Mayor Ron Morrison addressed the crowd of more than 300 uniformed Sailors and civilians about the importance of the long-standing event to the community.

“This event is to celebrate the relationship between the Navy and National City,” stated Mayor Morrison. “We are so proud to have the Navy as part of our community, and we look forward to nurturing this exciting relationship with the greatest peace-keeping force in the world.”

More than 50 uniformed cheerleaders from Sweetwater High School were on hand, volunteering to serve the attendees during the luncheon. Mariachi Garibaldi from Southwestern College played “Happy Birthday” in Spanish to honor the 238th birthday of the Navy, which is celebrated on Oct. 13. Naval Base San Diego hosted the traditional ‘Presentation of Colors’ to kick off the ceremony at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center.

www.nationalcitychamber.org.

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