COLLEGE STATION, Texas Texas A&M's former mascot was honored at a memorial service Friday night at Reed Arena.
Reveille VII passed away in May, but Texas A&M officials wanted to wait for students to return for classes to honor her life.
About a thousand people came to remember Reveille and also laugh at some of the memories of the collie.
She served as the university's mascot from 2001 to 2008 and arrived in Aggieland as a four-month-old puppy from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Reveille VIII, the current mascot was also in attendance.
Paul and Tina Gardner of College Station were Reveille VII's handlers for five years after her retirement.
"Her handlers told her that she would be spending her retirement years with us, but when they left they forgot to tell her that she wasn't the active queen anymore. And so for the next five years she walked around like she was still the queen," said Paul Gardner.
"She represents so much more than just who she is. She represents not only our school but the 20,029 Aggies who served in World War II," said Reid Joseph, Texas A&M Student Body President.
"I feel she's looking down and I think we'll all hear her tonight in our own ways barking softly from above," said Tina Gardner.
Reveille VII was 12-years-old when she died.
Her body is in the care of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and she's expected to be buried next year at Kyle Field after the first phase of renovations are complete.
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Thousands of Aggies and other Texas A&M supporters are expected to converge on Reed Arena Friday for a memorial services for the university’s retired mascot, Reveille VII.
The 12-year-old American Collie died on May 30, but a decision was made to postpone the memorial services until after all students returned to campus and had an opportunity to settle in after the start of the new school year.
The memorial service is set to take place on Friday, September 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Reed Arena. News 3 will attend the event and offer a live look at the memorial service at www.kbtx.com/livestream.
Reveille VII served as the university’s mascot from 2001 until 2008 and during that period participated in hundreds of events, including numerous Aggie football games.
Those expected to attend are Aggies, including the entire Corps of Cadets, and Reveille VIII. Among those expected to speak briefly are University President R. Bowen Loftin and Student Body President Reid Joseph.
Also, the program will include a video tribute highlighting some of Rev VII’s most memorable moments and a performance by the Singing Cadets, the university’s well-known choral group.
The event is free and open to the public.
Free parking for the memorial service will be available after 5 p.m. in lots 100A, 100B, 100C, 100F, 100G and 100J. Overflow parking, if needed, will be in lots 61 and 97.
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