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The Man of the Hour: Honoring My Dad for his Retirement

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Man of the Hour: Honoring My Dad for his Retirement

When my dad decided to retire, I knew this was a special moment for our family. After working for over 50 years, serving 22 in the Navy and 19 with the Defense Logistics Agency, I knew we had to throw quite the party to celebrate the occasion.

Man of the Hour: Honoring My Dad for his Retirement
My co-worker, Mat, built and painted this amazing signpost, featuring all of the places my dad had deployed to during his time with the DLA.

Of course, I was going to plan it. (I write that as if there was anyone who could have stopped me.)

Man of the Hour: Honoring My Dad for his Retirement
The Ballroom at Ford’s Colony, all ready for the party!

I like to think of the event that really showed me I could plan and execute a formal event. I had the ability to track and organize, seek help when I needed it, make good choices about color and style, and keep an event true to the person being honored.

In the end, I could not have asked for a more perfect evening. Everyone had a lovely time, my dad was truly honored for his years of service and sacrifice, and there wasn’t so much as a napkin out of place in the entire event.

Man of the Hour: Honoring My Dad for his Retirement
The flag from my Dad’s Navy retirement in front of 2 of the collages I made with postcards he sent and images from the countries he went to.

While it was true that I had always loved parties, this event made me see myself as a future event planner. Not only did I pull this off, I loved doing it. Although it would be some months after until the importance of this event really resonated with me but I knew I had done something special.

Man of the Hour: Honoring My Dad for his Retirement
This was far more than a party for me. It was an event that changed my life.

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