• Pfc. Jordon Nichols, who attends Advanced Individual Training as a financial management technician, holds one of the torches during Fort Jackson’s annual Torchlight Tattoo celebration Friday at Hilton Field. Thousands of people attended the post’s Independence Day event. For more, see Pages 16-17.

    Happy birthday, USA

    Pfc. Jordon Nichols, who attends Advanced Individual Training as a financial management technician, holds one of the torches during Fort Jackson’s annual Torchlight Tattoo celebration Friday at Hilton Field. Thousands of people attended the post’s...

  • From left, Camryn Curtis, 9, Sydney Curtis, 13, and Amy Newton, 10, display their patriotic outfits as they enjoy the music of the 282nd Army Rock Band.

    Happy birthday, USA

    From left, Camryn Curtis, 9, Sydney Curtis, 13, and Amy Newton, 10, display their patriotic outfits as they enjoy the music of the 282nd Army Rock Band.

  • Fireworks light up the sky over Hilton Field Friday in culmination of Fort Jackson’s Torchlight Tattoo celebration. The 30-minute fireworks display drew “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowd.

    Happy birthday, USA

    Fireworks light up the sky over Hilton Field Friday in culmination of Fort Jackson’s Torchlight Tattoo celebration. The 30-minute fireworks display drew “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowd.

  • Fireworks light up the sky over Hilton Field Friday in culmination of Fort Jackson’s Torchlight Tattoo celebration. The 30-minute fireworks display drew “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowd.

    Happy birthday, USA

    Fireworks light up the sky over Hilton Field Friday in culmination of Fort Jackson’s Torchlight Tattoo celebration. The 30-minute fireworks display drew “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowd.

  • Staff Sgt. Steven Johnson, guitarist with the 282nd Army Rock Band, showcases his skills during the band’s performance at Friday’s Torchlight Tattoo on Hilton Field. The band played a variety of hits for all ages and demographics.

    Happy birthday, USA

    Staff Sgt. Steven Johnson, guitarist with the 282nd Army Rock Band, showcases his skills during the band’s performance at Friday’s Torchlight Tattoo on Hilton Field. The band played a variety of hits for all ages and demographics.

FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Thousands of Soldiers and families came together to celebrate America’s birthday at Fort Jackson’s annual Torchlight Tattoo event Friday at Hilton Field hosted by the Soldier Support Institute.

The 282nd Army Band was the main attraction throughout the evening as the band members entertained the crowd with rock and classical favorites. The Columbia Hoop Hounds encouraged exercise while entertaining crowds with their hula hooping skills. The volunteer organization brought hula hoops for youngsters to play with during their demonstrations.

There were also various children's activities for hosted by the Fort Jackson’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, such as games, bounce house and crafts.

When the sun set, the Torchlight Tattoo ceremony began. This 16th century ceremony incorporated the flags of the 50 states, five territories and the District of Columbia with torches to symbolize torch-lit walks of Soldiers returning to their barracks at the end of a day. Current Basic Combat Training Soldiers were at the festivities to experience the old tradition as they begin their Army service.

The ceremony was completed with the 282nd Army Band’s performance of “1812 Overture” and “Star-Spangled Banner” accompanied by a cannon salute.
A 30-minute fireworks display lit up the sky and served as the colorful ending to the Independence Day celebration.

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