Security on the Texas A&M campus was increased for Friday's memorial. Secret Service members flooded the university to make sure everything went smoothly, and Aggies didn't want to miss the action.
Word travelled quickly at Texas A&M that several of Washington's key players would be on campus.
"I saw there were cars here and thought maybe I would get a glimpse of them," Hans Linton said.
All were hoping to catch the arrival of Vice President Dick Cheney and First Lady Laura Bush.
"Just having the presence of the high ranking dignitaries is pretty special," Linton said.
Security was tight at the university. Secret service and multiple law enforcement agencies watched from the ground, while a chopper monitored the scene from above.
The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets helped direct those attending the memorial service to Rudder Auditorium. Even though it was a solemn occasion, Texas A&M was eager to share the Aggie spirit.
"They get to come down here and see what A&M is all about," Drew Hinnant said. "It makes you feel good. You get to spread the knowledge, traditions that we have."
The University Police Department called in extra security for the event. Bryan and College Station police were on hand to assist.