Military retirement ceremonies
retirement ceremonies offer friends, colleagues and others to thank the
retiring veteran for his services and sacrifice.
They are solemn occasions although humorous
recollections about the retiree's experience in service
are usually encouraged.
The formal ceremony usually has the following elements:
may include include humorous comments
overall tone should be patriotic and inspiring.
- reading of the retiree's biography
- presentation of a certificate of service and a
- a speech made about the retiree
- a response by the retiring veteran with a
Members of the public who attend such programs should be aware
of certain protocols:
- There will be special seating for the family
and invited guests.
- Dress appropriately which means avoid dressing
like you've just come from the beach or the gym. Those taking
part in the ceremony will be wearing the civilian equivalent
of a coat and tie.
- Arrive early. Military time is punctual and it
would be considered impolite to come into a formal ceremony late.
- Eat before you come or at the party afterwards.
It is not appropriate to eat or drink during the
For suggestions on what to say to or about the retiree, check
out the toasts
and sayings especially collected for military retirees.