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Dance for service members commemorates Father’s Day, allows for quality time

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Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2018 12:00 am | Updated: 11:48 am, Thu Jun 14, 2018.

Father’s Day is this Sunday. It is set aside as a day to celebrate dads everywhere. Some families might celebrate by taking dad out to his favorite restaurant or giving him a new gadget for the garage. Regardless of what activity you may choose, it can be said that it is the quality time together that fathers and their families appreciate most. For service members, this time is especially valuable as they go through periods of separation from loved ones. To give dads in the service an opportunity to celebrate Father’s Day with their daughters, the New River Officers’ Club on Marine Corps Air Station New River held a Daddy-Daughter Dance, June 9.

“(Kids) grow up so fast and you have to cherish moments with them like this,” said 1st Lt. Charles Meskunas, father in attendance. “You get deployed for months at a time and have to enjoy the time you are here to spend with them.”

The event featured a live disc jockey, food and an elegant atmosphere as dads and daughters danced the day away, a little over a week before Father’s Day. The upbeat, blasting music and sounds of light-hearted laughter echoed in the O’ Club halls as the festivities continued throughout the day.

The only other time such an event takes place is at the Daddy-Daughter Dance for Valentine’s Day, which took place at Marston Pavilion earlier this year. For service members attending this occasion, this event was a great way to celebrate Father’s Day.

“I just came home from training so it is so great to be back with my girls,” said Keenan Williams, sailor and father of three girls. “They love getting dressed up and being taken out. I get to do things like this with their mother at other times throughout the year. This dance is the opportunity for just my daughters and I to have a special time together and make good memories. You hang on to these times when you are separated from one another.”

On behalf of The Globe, Happy Father’s Day to all of our men in uniform and thank you for your service and sacrifices for our country.

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