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.