Softly Call the Muster...

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To the families of fallen Aggies celebrating Muster Friday evening, the tradition is certainly meaningful. But for the past year, Muster has carried an equally significant meaning for the students who make the tradition possible each year.

Before the throngs pack Reed Arena every April 21, there's quite literally a year's worth of planning that goes into making one night possible.

"A lot of times, we get phone calls in the cube with individuals thinking that this is an office that has individuals working there from 8-to-5 everyday," said Rorey Walsh, this year's Aggie Muster chair.

But those that have put Muster together are taking classes, living their college experience, just like the Aggies they honored Friday night.

"It's uniquely A&M and uniquely Aggie that we choose to remember those that have gone before us," said Zachary Cook, a Roll Call coordinator.

"In the beginning, I thought this would be fun, that I'd go with the flow, and it has been a whirlwind of emotions up and down, a ton of work and long hours," said fellow Roll Call coordinator Amanda Campbell.

That includes contacting each and every family, trying to make arrangements for their visit, tieing up any loose ends. But for the students...

"I could not ask for anything better," Campbell said.

"It means so much to so many that I couldn't imagine it being thrown together at the last minute," Walsh said.

Some 320 Muster ceremonies took place around the world on this night. Only one is the largest. And only one student body could achieve it.

As part of the ceremonies, the Class of 1956 was honored on their 50th anniversary. Bill Carter, the president of Carter Financial Management, was the Muster speaker this year.