Wearing the traditional lei on her sail, USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) arrives in Pearl Harbor for a port visit on her way to her new homeport in Guam. (Photo: Journalist 2nd Class Cori Rhea)

The Veterans Band of Corpus Christi performed more than 3,600 miles from home.

Their mission? Giving a proper send off to a submarine named for the band’s hometown.

The invite to perform at Pearl Harbor this weekend for the decommissioning ceremony for the USS City of Corpus Christi was humbling. Even more impressive was the outpouring of support the group of veterans received to fund their trip, band members said.

Ram Chavez, the band’s founder and director, said about 42 members, including the Funky Rock Jazz Band, and their spouses attended the ceremony in Hawaii this past weekend.

"We will honor our city, the USS City of Corpus Christi and the citizens who made it possible for the veterans band to make this performance," Chavez said in a news release before their trip.

The group arrived at Pearl Harbor on Friday and the Funky Rock Jazz Band performed for the submarine’s crew on Saturday. The Veterans Band performed at the ceremony on Monday. The group is due back on Thursday. They are set to perform on Friday at the Lexington Museum on the Bay to mark the Battle of Midway anniversary.

The trip’s cost was estimated at about $80,000, which required the…

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