Any person retiring from the military deserves recognition of his dedication and loyalty while serving his country. If you are planning a retirement party, you will need to send invitations to those on your guest list. When writing an invitation to a military retirement, include all of the information recipients need to know to help them decide if they will attend the event, including time, date, location and dress code.
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Begin the invitation with the names of the party host or hostess and an invitation to the occasion. For example, "Mr. and Mrs. George Driscoll request the pleasure of your company to celebrate the retirement of First Lieutenant John Richardson." Include the full rank of the retiree with his name. If the host is a military officer, it is appropriate to include his full rank and title. This would change the above example to "Lieutenant Colonel George Driscoll and Mrs. George Driscoll request the pleasure of your company to celebrate the retirement of First Lieutenant John Richardson."
Include the branch of service the retiree served in and the number of years served. Write something like "Help us honour John for his 25 years of honourable duty in the Royal Navy."
Specify if the invitation is for the actual retirement ceremony, a party afterward or both.
State the date and time of the ceremony and/or party. All dates and times should be fully written out. You would write "at two o'clock in the afternoon on Sunday, the twenty-fourth of April, two thousand and fourteen" as opposed to 2 p.m. on Sunday, 24/4/14.
Provide the location of the ceremony and/or party, giving the name and the full street address. Include the city, county and postcode of the establishment where the events are to be held.
Inform the guests of the dress code. If military uniforms are required, advise if full dress uniform or uniform of the day are acceptable. Advise civilians of the appropriate dress code.
Include RSVP information. Provide a point of contact and a date by which to respond.
Send invitations out three to six weeks prior to the event.
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