Torchlight Tattoo at Fort Jackson, 2009

Published at 5:40 p.m. on June 12, 2013 | Modified at 11:45 p.m. on July 2, 2013

Two soldiers are shadowed against a backdrop during the annual Torchlight Tattoo ceremony that was held at Fort Jackson in July 2009. It featured the 282nd Army "Victory" Band, a cannon salute to each state and territory and a 30 minute fireworks display. The tattoo is deeply rooted in military history and signifies the time of the musical call for civilian establishments to turn off the taps, and for soldiers to make their torch-lit walk back to their encampments to retire for the evening. In this usage, the word tattoo comes from the Dutch "doe den taptoe" meaning "to turn off the taps." TIM DOMINICK —

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