Twilight Tattoo Performances Begin at Ft. Myer

by Katie Pyzyk April 25, 2012 at 10:30 am 6,067 29 Comments

Starting tonight, people living in Rosslyn may be hearing a little noise on Wednesdays during the summer. The Army is kicking off its “Twilight Tattoo” season.

The hour-long military pageants feature soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (the Old Guard) and the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” While the pageant takes place, neighbors near Ft. Myer may hear singing, music and blank cannon fire.

All performances are free and open to the public. Tonight’s performance is held at Summerall Field on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Pre-ceremony pageantry begins at 6:45 p.m., and the ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m.

The full list of dates and exact locations on the base can be found online.

  • Kat von D

    The article was a complete letdown – I was soooo excited by the headline.

  • M

    I don’t understand why someone would want to get a tattoo at Fort Meyers at twilight – seems like it would be better to do under good light, so the tattoo artist doesn’t make a mistake.

  • Mr T.

    I thought the tattoo’s were performing a musical number..?

  • Swag

    So it’s a weekly tattoo contest?

  • nom de guerre

    Back in the day it was known as the Torchlight Tattoo and was performed on the Tidal Basin.


  • KalashniKEV

    I’m off early today… I might go and see if it can trigger any nostalgia. đŸ™‚

  • chipotle_addict

    So Army is getting Jacob tattoos and Navy is getting Edward, or do I have it backwards?

  • JimPB

    End the deficits. Cut unnecessary expenses from everywhere in the Federal budget, including the military’s. The costs of troops deployed to perform rather than fight and the other expenses involved in this and other performances should be cut, and now.

    • KalashniKEV

      “End the deficits. Cut unnecessary expenses from everywhere in the Federal budget, including the military’s…”

      I’m with you on that, but a band is a military necessity for funerals and I’d rather see them earn their money. As pointed out, they don’t get overtime.

      I’d rather see them completely close Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Education, Department of Commerce, etc before they worry about setting up a tent they already own, or making the band play extra for $0 extra.

      • John

        So those costs and burdens are shifted to the states, where the incompetency is even higher?

        The reason that the recent stimulus bill wasn’t as effectively as it could have been was because the states were given the money directly and wasn’t spent on large, national projects. If you think federal contracts are bad, just look to see how states and localities distribute funds. There’s a reason why the federal government has been growing over the last fifty years under both democrats and republicans. It’s because if the incompetency of the states.

        Like it or not, want something done at a large level quickly and effectively, look to the US government. See: WPA, WWII, Apollo Mission.

        • Arlington, Northside

          This is some of our Nation’s history and culture, while I definately prefer the Marine Corps Band, Bugle Corps, and Silent Drill Team, the Army Band and performances should be fully supported in the budget.

        • KalashniKEV

          1) Learn the terminology- it was a SCAMulus, not a stimulus.
          2) “Less corrupt” isn’t going to cut it, nor are things more relevant or less corrupt the further they are from the people- we need to burn it down and start from the roots.
          3) There is a reason- but it’s not “incompetency of the states” dashing the efforts of super hard working, efficient, and intelligent Feds.

          The “reason why the federal government has been growing over the last fifty years under both democrats and republicans” is simple… EVIL.

          • nom de guerre

            THE most corrupt.

  • Jason S.

    I generally agree with you, but this cost an is extremely trivial increase over normal monthly costs for the regiment.

    The Old Guard is going to be on Myer anyway since they live and work there and those that live off-base are just going to have to stay late. Besides that, they’re salaried, so they don’t get overtime.

    • Quoth the Raven

      Remember too that there is a PR aspect to this – helps in recruiting, helps show the military is part of the local community, etc. I don’t know how you can quantify that, but there is a reason behind things like band concerts, Blue Angels, etc.

      • drax

        No, it’s a wasteful extravagance. It’s state-supported art! Tattooisphere!

        This just got fun.

        • Quoth the Raven

          “Tattooisphere” is excellent. Well done!

        • nom de guerre

          But they rudely and disrespectfully gave the community less than 12 hours notice of this event.

  • DarkHeart

    Are they giving away free rolls of Charmin?

  • Trivia King

    Does this make sense to anyone?

    There are more full-time, paid members of the armed forces bands than there are USAID employees worldwide (including DC-based).

    • 1RLI

      Yes, and those musicians do more to further U.S. interests than USAID, wherever those employees may be posted.

      • drax

        Explain, in your own words, what USAID does and why it’s worthless, since you seem to know.

        • 1RLI

          Say “please.”

  • Dan

    You all are an embarrasment. Totally disrespectful. Thank the men and women for their service, and protecting your right to disrespect them publicly.

    • drax

      Oh, give it a rest, Dan.

    • respectful

      Thanks for playing the horn. There. better now?

    • Holly

      I thank them for their service, but why don’t we thank cops and firefighters like we do the military? I think people forget it’s an all-volunteer military now.

      • KalashniKEV

        Probably because cops and firefighters sleep in a bed every night, drink a beer, seldom die…

  • HervĂ© Villechaize

    Da plane! Da plane!


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