The centerpiece of the 2019 Virginia International Tattoo will be a moving Salute to Women in the Military, taking place from April 25 to 28 at Scope Arena in Downtown Norfolk.

Through music, historic photos and video, tributes from military bands, and special appearances by groundbreaking women, the Tattoo will tell remarkable stories that inspire us to celebrate the courage of those who serve in uniform today, and all those who came before them.

Each year’s Tattoo is different, from the participating countries to new themes of honor and patriotism. For the very first time, the always-exhilarating U.S. Marine Corps Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team (FAST) Company will include male and female Marines as they sprint, jump, and climb their way through the obstacle race. The Jordanian Armed Forces Combined Pipe Band returns featuring a distinctive co-ed performance, while the 30th Guard Brigade Drill Team from Romania and the Royal Canadian Air Force Pipes and Drums will make their Tattoo debuts. In a unique twist, the French Army Band Musique des Transmissions Prise d'Armes will feature their Rugby Team XV du Pacifique to perform their “Haka,” a traditional pre-match ritual.

Groundbreaking women who will be present at the Tattoo this year include: 1LT Diane Carlson Evans, LT Lauran Glover, Representative Elaine Luria, MU3 Danlie Cuenca, LT General Christine Whitecross, General Lori Robinson, LT General Frances Wilson, Dr. Margarethe Cammermeyer ,U.S. Army (Ret.), and Captain Sandra Ansanay.

Even more service women will be involved and announced leading up to the Virginia International Tattoo. Full details are available at

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