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From its precision drill teams and dazzling military bands to the grand choir performances of the National Anthem and Amazing Grace, we get chills just thinking about the Virginia International Tattoo.

Now, after a two-year hiatus, the signature event of the annual Virginia Arts Festival is making its triumphant return to Norfolk’s Scope Arena this weekend, and ADS will be there as a proud sponsor for the 4th straight year.

"If you’ve never attended the Virginia International Tattoo, you really need to check it out. It’s a great event for the whole family, and a wonderful way to enjoy a truly patriotic weekend."

- Jason Wallace, ADS, Inc. CEO

The term “tattoo” comes from the early 17th-century Dutch phrase doe den tap toe, or "turn off the tap." It was a signal sounded by drummers or trumpeters for innkeepers near military garrisons to stop serving beer, and for soldiers to return to their barracks. Over time, the words evolved into the term "tattoo," which now refers to a ceremonial performance of military music by massed bands.

Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the 2022 Virginia International Tattoo is once again the largest and most spectacular of its kind in the United States. “The Tattoo has such a long and proud tradition in the Hampton Roads community, and we’re truly proud to be a sponsor,” said Wallace. “ADS wants to be more than a business operating in this community, we want to be a part of this community.”

This year’s event features an all-new international cast, a musical tribute to “March King” John Philip Sousa and an emotional celebration of the resilience of the human spirit.

Along with Celtic piping, drumming and dance, precision drill teams and dazzling military bands, several beloved Tattoo traditions will make their return this year, including rousing sing-alongs to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard service songs, grand choir performances of the National Anthem and Amazing Grace, and a majestic finale featuring hundreds of performers filling Scope “with the sights, sounds and enduring strength that define esprit de corps.”

We hope to see everyone there!

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