April 29, 2009
<b>Twilight Tattoo </b>
<b>What is it' </b>
<i>Twilight Tattoo</i> is a colorful, military pageant presented by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (MDW). Featuring Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own," <i>Twilight Tattoo</i> tells the history of the Army's role in America's development. The ceremony and beauty of the annual <i>Twilight Tattoo</i> reminds all present of the many traditions of our country and of the sacrifices made by thousands of men and women in our armed forces. <i>Twilight Tattoo</i> is free and open to the public.
<b>What is the Army doing' </b>
The Army is presenting an opportunity for thousands of people from across the country and the world to witness its elite ceremonial units in action. Performing in <i>Twilight Tattoo</i>are Soldiers from MDW's troop and ceremonial units, which include: The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, The U.S. Army Drill Team, the Commander-in-Chief's Guard, the Continental Color Guard, the Caisson Platoon and the Presidential Salute Battery and musicians from The U.S. Army Band's Army Blues, Army Chorus and Downrange. These units remind us of our Army's rich heritage and traditions.
<b>Why is it important to the Army' </b>
<i>Twilight Tattoo</i> has become one of the Army's most popular outreach programs by reinforcing Army themes and messages and showcasing our Soldiers' commitment to the Nation. The program allows the Army to reach its objectives of gaining and maintaining public trust, confidence and support. With 2009 being the <i>Year of the Noncommissioned Officer</i>, <i>Twilight Tattoo</i>honors those who are responsible for training, leading and mentoring Soldiers.
For performance details and more information please visit: <a href="http://www.twilight.mdw.army.mil" target="_blank">Twilight Tattoo Web page</a>
1) Guest performances are scheduled for the May 6 (The Band and Drill Company of His Majesty The Kings Guard of Norway) and June 10 (The Ceremonial Guard of Canada)
2) The June 17 performance, to be held on Whipple Field at Fort Myer, Va., is currently at capacity and closed to the general public.
MDW events line: 202-685-2888
<a href="http://www.usarmyband.com/" target="_blank">U.S. Army Band</a>
<a href="http://www.mdw.army.mil" target="_blank">MDW Web site</a>
<a href="http://www.army.mil/yearofthenco/home.html" target="_blank">Year of the NCO Web site</a>