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The Army’s most popular outdoor ceremonial program, the Twilight Tattoo, will be presented at Marine Park, June 28 at 6 p.m. Arrive early to avoid the crowds and enjoy the sounds of the US Army’s Jazz Ensemble, which starts playing at 5:30 p.m.

A “tattoo” is a military tradition traced from the early 17th century’s 30 Years War. The sounding of the bugle signaled soldiers to close the tavern and return to their quarters. Someone would “tap to” the keg stoppers. Through the years, “tap to” evolved into “tattoo.” Although “Tattoo” is sounded now, it is only in the spirit of military tradition.

Traditions are a part of each individual, group, and community. They enable us to recall the past, and help us understand the present, and prepare us for the challenges of the future. Traditions and customs are particularly important to military organizations where morale, leadership, and caring for each other, are important parts of our effectiveness.

The annual “Twilight Tattoo” features Soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) troop units and ceremonial units — The Old Guard Fife and Drums Corps and The U.S. Army Drill Team; The U.S. Army Band Blues and vocalists from The U.S. Army Downrange and The U.S. Army Chorale.

As we recall history by sounding the “Tattoo,” we trace our American history through the history of her Army in a Flag Story. America’s Soldiers continue to engage in the Global War on Terrorism. They constantly strive to learn, modernize and improve their capabilities.

With more than 100 Old Guard Soldiers wearing Army uniforms of the past and present, a portion of the show is dedicated to providing a fast-paced travel through Army history, from Revolutionary times to your Army’s involvement in current military operations. As a part of the Army’s Operation Tribute to Freedom program, Twilight Tattoo represents more than 1.5 million soldiers and department of the army civilians serving around the world in support of the Global War on Terrorism and the cause of freedom throughout the world.

The solemnity and beauty of the annual “Twilight Tattoo” reminds all present of the many traditions of our country and of the sacrifices made by thousands of men and women in our armed forces. This program salutes not only the soldiers who defend our country; it salutes you, the citizens and patriots we defend, and it celebrates Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton’s 183 years of service to Brooklyn, New York City and the nation.

Bleacher seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For information, contact 718-630-4783 or visit

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