Thousands Gather for Aggie Muster

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Thousands of Aggies gathered Sunday for Aggie Muster at Reed Arena.

It's is a long-time Texas A&M tradition, and organizers say it's a chance for family and friends to both grieve and celebrate the lives of those who are no longer with us.

"We're all here to honor the fallen Aggies who have died this past year," said Elaina Stephenson, a Texas A&M student.

More than 100 fallen Aggies were remembered in this year's ceremony.
Some graduated from Texas A&M more than 50 years before current students were even born. Others died before they were old enough to graduate.

"We want to honor my brother who passed away," said Gaby Armijo.

Armijo's older brother, Miguel Hernandez, died in a car accident in March. He was a member of the Corps of Cadets, and he died at only 19 years old.

"He was a nice guy and really sweet, and he did everything he can to come to this school," said Armijo.

Each person's name is read during the Muster roll call, then friends and family answer "here" to symbolize that fallen Aggies are still here in spirit.

"Even total strangers. It doesn't matter that I don't know anybody. it just matters that we're all here to pay our respects," said Stephenson.

Gaby Armijo is only 12 years old, but she wants to be an Aggie for her brother.

"That's why I want to come to this school. Because whatever he didn't finish, I want to finish it for him," said Armijo.

The largest ceremony is held on the Texas A&M campus, but Muster is celebrated in more than 300 places around the world.