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The Brazos Valley Bucket List - Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Center

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center Info

Location: 1400 TAMU (east side of the University Center Parking Garage)

Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday and on special event weekends

Phone: (979) 862-2862

 

Texas A&M University is full of traditions and at the center of it all is the Corps of Cadets.

"Texas A&M started as the Corps of Cadets. The Corps is an integral part of the university and all the traditions and history of Texas A&M. This is where we keep it," said Lt. Col. Jeff Gardner, director of Corps Center.

At the Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center you can learn everything there is to know about the history and traditions of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. From its roots in the 1800's to space and beyond, the center showcases all of Texas A&M's contributions to society over its 135 years of existence.

"Everything that those Aggies before us did built this University and helped build our nation," said Gardner.

Also in the center you'll find one of the top gun collections in the world.

The Metzger-Sanders Gun Collection showcases hundreds of priceless firearms that bring in people from all over the country. Even folks who don't really bleed maroon.

"During football game weekend, the fans of the opposing team always come in here, look around and ask a lot of questions just to learn about A&M," said Gardner.

"I like the campus. It's really nice," said prospective student Corey David.

David is just a junior at Georgetown High School, but he already knows he wants to join the Corps.

"I think the Corps of Cadets is pretty cool. They have a lot of history and traditions and I'm all about traditions," said David.

But with those traditions and inspiring military service can come the ultimate sacrifice. For the members of the Corps of Cadets who have lost their lives during the War on Terror, you'll find a display case with each of their stories.

"We have a lot of Aggies that have served and a lot of Aggies that are still serving. It's really important for us to remember the sacrifice that those Aggies have made," said Gardner.

"When I first walked in, I saw the Fallen Heroes and a sense of respect came over me for those people that have given their lives so we could have the freedom to come to college and learn about what we want to do with our lives," said David.

A chance to reflect on the history of Texas A&M and remember those who have paid the ultimate price for freedom. It's the final and most important stop on our Brazos Valley Bucket List.

If you'd like to check out the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center, it's located next to University Center Parking Garage and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and always on Aggie game day.


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