Army Twilight Tattoo

Posted: April 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

The history of Twilight Tattoo began more than 300 years ago as British troops were summoned from the warmth and hospitality of local pubs by a bugle and drum call to return to the barracks. The familiar tune told tavern owners “doe den tap toe,” or “time to turn off the taps.” The troops knew the call to mean “taps off,” and minutes later they were back in their tents. The modern-day call is known as “Tattoo” and during basic training the call signals the time to quiet down and hit the bunks. For the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (MDW), the call serves as a tribute dedicated to the vitality of our nation and to the sacrifices of those who forged America into the land of the free and the home of the brave. It is for our forefathers and fellow Americans that MDW proudly presents “Twilight Tattoo.” If you live near Washington, D.C., or plan on visiting the nation’s capital this summer you might want to take advantage of the free Army Twilight Tattoo.
Twilight Tattoo is an hour-long military pageant featuring Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band “Pershing's Own.” Those who attend can experience a glimpse into American history through performances by The U.S. Army Blues, vocalists from The U.S. Army Band Downrange, The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and The U.S. Army Drill Team. This performance is open to the public. Bleacher seating is on a first-come, first served basis. Inclement weather will cancel the show. A weather decision will be made by 3:30 p.m. the day of the Tattoo. Call the MDW Events Line 202-685-2888 for the official weather decision. Pre-ceremony pageantry begins at 6:45 PM. Performances begin at 7 PM. Performances from April 25 through June 27 will be located at Summerall Field on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va. Performances from July 11 through August 29 will be located at Whipple Field on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va. For directions refer to For more information on group reservations, contact the U.S. Army Military District of Washington at (202) 685-2888 or email The 2012 Schedule is:
Wednesday – April 25
Wednesday – May 2
Wednesday – May 9
Wednesday – May 16
Wednesday – May 23
Wednesday – May 30
Wednesday – June 6
Wednesday – June 20
Wednesday – June 27
Wednesday – July 11
Wednesday – July 18
Wednesday – July 25
Wednesday – August 1
Wednesday – August 8
Wednesday – August 15
Wednesday – August 22
Wednesday – August 29
[Source: Mar 2012 ++]


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