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Centenary of Mateship Twilight Tattoo

Centenary of Mateship Twilight Tattoo

Join us for a special live-action military pageant in celebration of the 100 year alliance between Australia and the United States.

Experience a glimpse into our shared history on June 27, through performances by The U.S. Army Blues, vocalists from The U.S. Army Band Downrange and U.S. Army Band Voices, The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, The U.S. Army Drill Team and featuring The Australian Federation Guard.

Presented by The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" and The Australian Federation Guard, guests will also have the opportunity to meet the soldiers/performers, answer any questions and pose for photographs.

Event Details

FREE - no tickets required. (If you are sponsoring a school, civic or tour group, please call the Twilight Tattoo on 202-685-2888 or send an e-mail.)

Date: Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Time: Pre show entertainment commences at 7.00pm. Official performance commences at 7.30pm sharp.
Location: Joint Base Meyer-Henderson Hall, Arlington, Virginia
Seating: Bleacher seating is available on first-come, first-served basis. Grass seating is also available and we recommend you bring a blanket or lawn chairs.
Photography: Twilight Tattoo offers ample opportunities for still photographers and videographers. Patrons are welcome to photograph our Soldiers before, during and after performances.

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Access to Fort Myer

  • All adults will need to provide valid identification to enter. 
  • Pedestrians may access Fort Myer at Wright Gate, which is at the intersection of N. Meade St. and Marshall Drive.
  • If taking the metro, the total distance from Rosslyn Metro to performance location is approximately one (1) mile.
  • There is also local Arlington Transit (ART route 61) bus that drops off at N. Meade St. Bus route information can be found here https://www.arlingtontransit.com/pages/routes/art-61/

More information

For more information on parking, directions and event details please visit the Twilight Tattoo website.

History of Mateship

On 4 July 2018, Australia and the United States celebrate a centenary of mateship that was first forged in the trenches of World War I during the Battle of Hamel in 1918. This day was the earliest instance of American and Australian troops fighting side by side and the first time that American troops offensively fought under the command of a non-American, Australian General Sir John Monash. The Battle of Hamel is the symbolic foundation of the deep and enduring bond, mutual respect and close cooperation that continues to exist between the American and Australian militaries today. 

Learn more about Mateship.