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Volume 6, Issue 76  | September 21, 2021

War Heroes on Water parade, sportfishing tournament returns October 2-5

War Heroes on Water (WHOW) will return October 2-5 for its fourth straight year with a competitive sportfishing tournament off the coast of Southern California benefiting combat-wounded veterans. The event kicks off publicly with an inspiring, patriotic and visually stunning community boat parade at 5 p.m. at the Newport Harbor East Turning Basin.

Led by the tournament flagship Bad Company 144, the parade will also feature more than 35 of the SoCal sportfishing community’s top sportfishing yachts. The public is invited and encouraged to share its gratitude for the sacrifices of the men and women of the U.S. armed forces by cheering for the veterans – on land or on water – as they head out to sea with their WHOW teams. 

War Heroes parade fleet

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War Heroes on Water (WHOW) parade fleet

The boat parade lineup begins at 4 p.m. with the parade starting at 5 p.m. with the singing of the national anthem and presentation of colors by the Orange Country Sheriff’s Color Guard. A map of pedestrian viewing areas is available here. If you are interested in joining the community boat parade fleet, register your boat here.

A WHOW 2021 Kickoff Party on Linda Isle takes place on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 12 p.m. This exclusive event will feature a silent auction, veteran send-off, live entertainment and a great vantage point for the 2021 WHOW boat parade. Purchase tickets here.

Created by loanDepot founder and CEO Anthony Hsieh, this year’s tournament will be the largest to date, tripling the number of participating veterans to 100 and raising more than $1 million. 

For additional information, contact Tournament Director Rod Halperin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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