COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX)- A full-scale presentation of “Texas Aggies Go To War” will open Thursday, August 17 at the J. Wayne Stark Galleries in the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University.
Texas Aggies Go To War originally debuted in Bastogne, Belgium in
December 2014 as part of the 70th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of the Bulge.
The exhibit shines a light on the service of five Aggies:
•James Hollingsworth ’40
•Turney Leonard ’42
•Willie Peña ’42
•Joe Routt ’37
•James Earl Rudder ’32
Each played key roles in the battle that would help the Allies win the war in Europe and bring freedom to millions of people. Through a detailed look at their lives, the core values of A&M – leadership, excellence and
selfless service among them – are shown to visitors.
Texas Aggies Go To War closed in Bastogne in June 2016. A preview
was shown in the Veterans Lounge of the MSC from November 11 to December 18, 2016.
The presentation will remain open in Stark through Saturday, December 16, 2017. A 401(c)3 non-profit organization, From Bastogne to Texas, Inc., is actively working to raise money for construction of a building
which will be the exhibit’s permanent home.
The Stark Galleries are located in the northeast corner of the MSC. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 9:00AM-8:00PM, Saturday-Sunday Noon-6:00PM. Admission is free. For more information on this and
other exhibits at the Stark Galleries, call (979) 845-6081 or visit uart.tamu.edu.
What’s Happened So Far
• December 12, 2014: Grand opening of the “Texas Aggies Go To War” exhibit in Bastogne, Belgium, with a local delegation taking part in the event
• December 13, 2014: King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium visit the exhibit and meet with members of the local delegation
• June 30, 2016: Final day of the exhibit in Bastogne after 18 months on display
• November 11, 2016: Opening of a preview of the exhibit in the Veterans Lounge in the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M
• December 7, 2016: Princess Astrid of Belgium (younger sister of King Philippe) leads a delegation of Belgian business leaders to Texas A&M and visits the preview exhibit; she also awards exhibit honoree Willie Peña ’42 the Order of the Crown, Belgium’s second highest order of Chivalry
• December 18, 2016: Final day of the preview exhibit in the Veterans Lounge
• August 17, 2017: Opening of the full exhibit in the Stark Galleries in the Memorial Student Center
• August 31, 2017: Ribbon cutting for the full exhibit with special guests
• December 16, 2017: Final day of the full exhibit in the Stark Galleries
Still to Come
• Continued fundraising for a permanent home for the exhibit in Aggieland
• Construction of the building