JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. (June 20, 2014) -- Nearly 2,000 visitors to the Nation's Capital joined their host, Lt. Gen. William T. Grisoli, Director of the Army Staff, in celebrating the Army's 239th birthday as they watched Twilight Tattoo, a high-energy military spectacular featuring Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), and the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own," here, Wednesday.

Grisoli, as the Director of the Army Staff, is responsible for integrating and synchronizing the work of the Office of the Secretary and the Army Staff so that they meet the goals and priorities of the Secretary of the Army.

The Army's birthday celebrations began this year in Washington, D.C., at Fort Lesley J. McNair, with a traditional Army cake-cutting ceremony hosted by the Under Secretary of the Army Brad Carson. Army celebrations have taken place all over the globe, as a sign of unity, respect and support for all Soldiers, past and present.

Go to www.army.mil/birthday/news.php to learn more about Army Birthday celebrations around the world.

THE TWILIGHT TATTOO

Twilight Tattoo is produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington and is an hour-long, live-action military pageant that provides audiences from around the world 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.

Twilight Tattoo is performed on Wednesday evenings, beginning at 7 p.m. Pre-ceremony entertainment begins at 6:45 p.m. Performances from April 30 through June 25 will be located at Summerall Field at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, in Arlington, Virginia. Performances from July 9 through Aug. 20 will be located at Whipple Field, also at Myer-Henderson Hall. If the weather is bad, it is held indoors at Conmy Hall on Myer-Henderson Hall.

The 2014 Twilight Tattoo season has performances scheduled for each Wednesday evening (except 4th of July week) until Aug. 20. Dates and times are subject to change, so please check the Twilight Schedule online at: http://twilight.mdw.army.mil/schedule.