“Softly call the Muster…”

By: Jordan Symon Email
By: Jordan Symon Email

On April 21 of every year, Aggies all over the world gather to talk about old times at Texas A&M and honor those who have gone before us. It all started in 1883 when a few former students got together to reminisce and soon after, it became a tradition.

Muster has evolved to be the extraordinary event that is today because of dedicated Aggies the spirit that consumes this place. Aggies all over the world participate in the same ceremony on the same day. They say the tradition is that, “if there is an A&M man in one hundred miles of you, you are expected to get together, eat a little, and live over the days you spent at the A&M College of Texas.”

For those who don’t know, the on-campus Muster involves a speaker, a reunion of a specific class, roll call of the fallen, and Silver Taps. During roll call, the name of the deceased Aggies are called and their friends and family say, “here”. This represents their spirit never leaving Aggieland.

The Muster that occurred last night was one not to be forgotten. The Singing Cadets, the Aggie Band, the class of ’63, and plenty of Aggies packed Reed Arena to show their respects and celebrate one thing: Texas A&M University.

Bill Jones ’81 was the phenomenal speaker. He had a resume that some may only dream of and spoke so true to the Aggie spirit that there were tears flowing from the oldest men in the building.
The theme of the speech was “Cause that’s what Aggies do”. He spoke about his peers reaching out to him and in return him giving back to his Aggie friends after graduation.
There is no possible way to describe or reenact last night’s events. The spirit was the realest that I have ever seen it and makes me so proud to call myself an Aggie.

"Because you will forever be an Aggie, you can walk a little taller, stand a little straighter and feel a little prouder. You will forever glow with the eternal Aggie Spirit - a might flame that will never go out. As long as all Aggies hold in our hearts the love and respect for our fellow Aggies, for our university and for our unique traditions, the link between A&M past and A&M future will forever remain strong."

-Bill Carter '69

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