April 21st is a special and solemn day for Aggies everywhere. Thousands will gather at Reed Arena Monday night for Aggie Muster.
More than 325 Musters will be held world-wide, including four in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, with the largest ceremony being held on the A&M campus.
Muster is A&M's most solemn and visible tradition. It's a time set aside to honor Aggies who have died since the last ceremony.
This year's roll call list includes five Aggies who were killed in Iraq. They are Second Lt. Peter Burks '03, killed Nov. 14; Private First Class William Edwards '06, killed on Aug. 11; Army Spc. Daniel Gomez '08, killed on July 18; First Lt. Jeremy Ray '04, killed Dec. 20; and Spc. Christopher J. West '04, killed Feb. 4.
The ceremony is set for 7 p.m., with other Muster activities throughout the day.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - The "Reflections" display in the MSC Flag Room area is a relatively new addition to the Muster tradition. Its purpose is to more fully recognize the lives of the Aggies being honored by displaying personal items of the Roll Call honorees as a living memorial to them.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Annual Camaraderie Barbecue in Sbisa Dining Hall. The event will include entertainment by several student organizations.
5 p.m. - The doors to Reed Arena will open. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
7 p.m. - Muster begins. The ceremony includes speakers - with the main address by John A. Adams, holder of three degrees from Texas A&M and author of several books on Aggie history, including "Softly Call the Muster." The speakers will be followed by the "Roll Call For The Absent." Names of those who have died in the past year will be read, and as each name is called, a family member or friend will answer "Here" and a candle will be lit. The Ross Volunteer Company will then march in to fire a rifle volley followed by a special arrangement of "Taps." The evening also will include performances by the Singing Cadets and the Aggie Band.
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