The Honorable Patrick Murphy, Acting Secretary of the Army hosted Twilight Tattoo May 18, 2016. The show was the first performance of the season held outside on Summerall Field on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall due to weeks of rain in the nation's capital.
More than 3,000 students from all over the country were in the audience to witness the action-packed performance along with various senior executives from the private and public sectors.
Murphy, an Army veteran, enjoyed watching the performance with the packed audience.
"When you see thousands of kids inspired by these Soldiers, and some of the corporate leaders of America here, watching our nation's best, it's hard not to be inspired," Murphy said.
"My favorite part was first time when the cannons went off and I saw everyone jump," he added. "It cracked me up, because I was ready for it and everyone jumps a little bit."
Murphy is the Undersecretary of the Army and was the Acting Secretary of the Army while Eric Fanning awaited confirmation. Fanning was officially sworn in as the Secretary of the Army May 18, 2016 by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in a ceremony at the Pentagon.
Twilight Tattoo is performed by Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own."
Twilight Tattoo is a show that provides a glimpse into American history through performances by the U.S. Army Blues, the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Army Drill Team, and vocalists from the U.S. Army Band Downrange and U.S. Army Band Voices.
The 2016 Twilight Tattoo season is scheduled to run every Wednesday through Aug. 3, with the exception of July 6 and July 13. There will be no Twilight Tattoo scheduled for those two dates.
For more information visit www.twilight.mdw.army.mil.