By Harry SarlesJuly 9, 2009
U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hamilton and the Military District of Washington presented a Twilight Tattoo June 20. Originally scheduled for Dyker Park in Brooklyn the tattoo featuring the 3rd U.S. Infantry "The Old Guard" and The United States Army Band, "Pershing's Own" was moved indoors at the Fort Hamilton Theater because of weather.
The tattoo is a time-honored tradition that blends the precision and discipline of the Old Guard with the inspirational music of Pershing's Own. The Old Guard, the Army's oldest active duty infantry unit, opened the show by presenting the colors. The Fife and Drum Corps then demonstrated their versatility through several patriotic pieces ending with their signature "Yankee Doodle." A trio from the Army Drill Team took the stage next and demonstrated precision rifle drill. That was followed by the story of the Noncommissioned Officer told by Soldiers in historic uniforms from the Revolutionary War to the today's combat uniforms.
The Twilight Tattoo is an annual presentation in New York City. Pershing's Own also performs at annual concerts at New York's Trinity Church and the Lincoln Center in November. Concerts are set for Nov. 13 at Trinity Church and Nov. 14 at the Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.