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Old 07-07-2004, 10:59 PM   #1
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What should I wear for a military retirement ceremony?

My dad is retiring from the Air Force on Saturday. There are having a ceremony for him on the base.

Now , most of my family (make that alll of my family but ME/my DH, kids) are military, so they will most likely wear uniforms.

Now, what would civilians wear? What should my kids wear?
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Old 07-07-2004, 11:01 PM   #2
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We wore church clothes for my Dad's. That would be the most appropriate.
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Old 07-07-2004, 11:31 PM   #3
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Congratulations on your dad's retirement!

I always enjoyed attending military retirement ceremonies and parties. Most women attending wore casual business attire. Female family members of those retiring wore dresses/pant suits.
Children usually were dressed in casual "nice" clothes... nothing too frilly or formal. Civilian men come to the ceremony in dress pants or dockers and button down shirt..

I think it also depends on the location of the instillation. In the Mojave desert and Hawaii, the kids were most likely to attend in nice short outfits.

Here's hoping you have a nice time at party and ceremony.
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Old 07-07-2004, 11:50 PM   #4
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I think it also depends on the location of the instillation. In the Mojave desert and Hawaii, the kids were most likely to attend in nice short outfits.

mamajoan: were you stationed at Ft. Irwin (just wondering after mentioning Mojave desert.
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Old 07-08-2004, 12:34 AM   #5
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Same Mojave, different outpost.

We were stationed at Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center... in the very desolate, rural high desert. We liked it there.. even got used to the summer temps of 115+ degrees. Dh did two tours there.

It is refered to as 29 Stumps by people who just could not take being at the edge of no where.
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Retirement from the military is a big deal...Suits for men, dresses for women.
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Old 07-08-2004, 04:04 AM   #8
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I think it also depends on the location of the instillation. In the Mojave desert and Hawaii, the kids were most likely to attend in nice short outfits.

Here's hoping you have a nice time at party and ceremony.
This is McGuire AFB, NJ. Its been aboout 90 degrees almost everyday lately, with fairly high humidity
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When my db retired from the Navy several years ago we wore sleeveless dresses. Same for dd, then age 7, I would think that chinos would be okay for boys with a golf shirt. It really is a big deal. Congratulations to your dad and thank him for all of us on a job well done!!!
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A nice outfit, pants or a dress. I attended many retirements in the heat of an Alabama summer, and the ladies often wore sundresses with a light shawl or jacket to cover their shoulders during the ceremony, then they took it off afterwards for comfort's sake.

A suit or sports coat for your DH would be appropriate, and nice clothes for the kids. Girls normally wear dresses and boys usually wear a tie.
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Old 07-08-2004, 06:30 AM   #11
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This is McGuire AFB, NJ. Its been aboout 90 degrees almost everyday lately, with fairly high humidity

cindy B--do you live near mcguire?!?!? i am about 15 minutes away , if that
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Old 07-08-2004, 06:42 AM   #12
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I'm going to one today. I work on a Navy base, and most of my scout friends are in the Navy, so I average 2-3 retirements a year. If they are indoors, regular church attire (i.e. not Easter Sunday) or normal business attire for your area, is appropriate. If outdoors, dressy clothes that are appropriate for the weather (i.e. sundresses for the women, boys can wear nice shorts with a polo shirt).

The retirement I'm going to today is indoors, and I'm wearing a denim skirt and summer sweater. I was planning on wearing capris to work today until I remembered the retirement, so I switched to a skirt.
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