. . . gotten a Twilight Tattoo. No, it's nothing permanent. It's a drill parade that combines the military's intricate pageantry with its spit and polish. The event, whose name comes from the old practice of summoning troops to quarters at night with a drum or bugle call, includes a uniformed history lesson from the 3rd Infantry Regiment, or "Old Guard"; the Army Band "Pershing's Own"; the Fife and Drum Corps; and the Army Drill Team. Take a picnic, and salute the sunset.
The steps aren't the only sharp thing about drill. Those are bayonets on the rifles.
(File Photo/Bill O'leary -- The Washington Post)
Wednesdays at 7 p.m. through July 30, Ellipse, Constitution Avenue NW, between 15th and 17th streets. Free. Arrive early for bleacher seating. For details, call 202-685-2851 or go to www.mdw.army.mil.
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