Dad's Retirement Portfolio The Man of the Hour: Honoring My Dad for his Retirement By Star LaBranche Posted on March 16, 2019 3 min read 1 0 17 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr 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. 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.) 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. 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. This was far more than a party for me. It was an event that changed my life.