Twilight Tattoo 2008.
TRADITIONS are a part of almost every individual, group and community. Traditions enable us to recall the past, understand the present and prepare for the challenges of the future.
Traditions and customs are particularly important to military organizations, in which morale, leadership and caring for each other are important parts of everyday life. The U.S. Army Military District of Washington is carrying forward one Army tradition through its presentation of "Twilight Tattoo."
The event is an hour-long military pageant that features Soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) troop and ceremonial units, including The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and The U.S. Army Drill Team; The U.S. Army Band jazz ensemble; and vocalists from The U.S. Army Chorus and The U.S. Army Chorale.
As part of the Army's annual birthday celebrations, the U.S. Army Military District of Washington will conduct Twilight Tattoos each Wednesday, from May 7 to June 28 at 7:30 p.m. All performances will be held at historic Fort Lesley J. McNair.
Fort McNair is in Southwest Washington, D.C. Its northwest corner is located at 4th and P streets southwest, near the Waterfront/Marina and approximately three blocks from the Metro's Green Line station at Waterside Mall.
Fort McNair can be reached by traveling south on 7th Street N.W. until it intersects with Maine Avenue. Turn left on Maine and follow it to M Street and make a right turn at 4th Street. The Metro station will be on the left.
Follow 4th to P Street, southwest. Follow P Street to a right at the installation entrance just before 2nd Street. The military police at the gate will direct you to the parade field for the presentation.
If the weather looks threatening, call (202) 685-2888 for a recorded message about the status of performances.
Visitors are asked not to bring food. Bottled water is permitted, though large bags and backpacks are not.--U.S. Army Military District of Washington Public Affairs Office.