The Virginia International Tattoo is always spectacular. It is always patriotic, entertaining and moving.
The 2019 Virginia International Tattoo, from April 25 – 28 at Scope Arena in Norfolk, https://www.vafest.org/tattoo/ will be the same, but different. The theme of this year’s Tattoo is “Courage & Commitment – A Salute to Women in the Military”.
The Virginia International Tattoo is the largest in North American. A Tattoo is a “ceremonial performance of military music by massed bands.” The Virginia International Tattoo, presented each year as part of the Virginia Arts Festival, includes a cast of hundreds and military bands from around the world. It is expertly produced and directed by Scott Jackson each year.
Scott Jackson is not in the military, although he has learned a lot over the years. Jackson is also not a woman. Since this year’s theme is a salute to women in the military, Jackson knew he would need an advisory panel. He calls these women, the “Theme Dream Team.”
Before women in this country had the right to vote, over 20,000 served in uniform during the First World War. Today, one sixth of all Active Duty service members are women. More 230,000 women currently serve in the military. They serve in every branch and virtually every capacity.
The 2019 Virginia International Tattoo’s Theme Dream Team will make this year’s Tattoo one of the best in history. Jackson and his colleagues at the Virginia Arts Festival were so impressed with these military women, they have asked some of them to be part of something new for the Tattoo. The “Courage, Commitment, and Leadership Forum: Extraordinary Women of the U.S. Military – In Their Own Words” will be on Friday, April 26 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm at the Scope Arena. https://www.vafest.org/tattoo/tattoo-weekend-events/courage-commitment-and-leadership-forum/
The Leadership Forum will be a panel discussion and time for questions, with some of the top female leaders in the military.
Included will be:
General Lori Robinson, USAF Ret., the first female commander of a Unified Combatant Command, who retired as a four star general.
Dr. Margarethe Cammermeyer, Colonel, USA Ret., who challenged the Army ban on homosexuals serving in the military and won, resulting in equality for the LGBTQ community in the Armed Forces
Captain Diane Carlson Evans, RN, USA Nurse Corps, a Vietnam Veteran and founder of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial
Captain Lauran Glover, USA, the first female commander of the U.S. Army Drill Team, who performed at the Tattoo in 2015
Force Master Chief Susan Whitman, USN Ret., the Pacific Fleet’s first female Master Chief
The forum will be free and open to the public. The Virginia Arts Festival is asking the public to register for the event at
so that they have an idea of how many would like to attend.
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“Courage, Commitment, and Leadership Forum: Extraordinary Women of the U.S. Military – In Their Own Words” will take place from 2:30 – 4:00 on Friday, April 26 from 2:30 – 4:00
The Forum will conclude just in time to walk out onto the Scope Plaza and enjoy the Tattoo Hullabaloo, which is also free. https://www.vafest.org/tattoo/tattoo-weekend-events/hullabaloo/
The Hullabaloo is three hours of pipers, dancers, drill teams, drum line and some surprises.
The 2019 Virginia International Tattoo will begin that evening at 7:30. Tickets for all Tattoo performances from April 25 – 28 are available at https://www.vafest.org/tattoo/