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. . . Gotten a Twilight Tattoo

Sunday, May 4, 2003; Page C02

. . . 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)

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Twilight Tattoo

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.

Know of a uniquely Washington area experience or a place you always take out-of-towners? Send a note to haventlived@washpost.com. For previous features, go to www.washingtonpost.com/haventlived.

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