What Does Military Tattoo Mean

A military tattoo is a performance of music or display of armed forces in general. The term comes from the early 17th century Dutch phrase doe den tap toe (‘turn off the taps’). Taps were drums used in the military to indicate when to end the day’s work. During the day, tattoo marks the expiration of the day’s work and the start of a night’s rest. Tattoos are used by the military to encourage camaraderie among troops, pay tribute to past accomplishments, and remember the fallen. Many tattoos incorporate symbols or images from the service branches of a particular nation, such as anthems and coats of arms. Others feature the names of a person’s unit, rank, and service dates. A military tattoo can also include symbolic representations of the battlefield where a particular unit fought, team, or country.

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