Navarro County A&M Club Aggie Muster April 21
Corsicana Daily Sun
April 14, 2016
By Deanna Kirk
Graduates from Texas A&M University, all classes, will gather at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21 at The Cook Education Center for the Navarro County A&M Club Aggie Muster. The dinner will begin at 7 p.m., and the cost is $25 per person.
“As president, I’m honored for all Aggies to come together for this esteemed tradition that always takes place on April 21 for Aggies to remember the absent in Aggie spirit,” said Adam Levine, A&M Club president.
Aggie Muster celebrates the camaraderie of the school, while also remembering the lives of the Aggies who have passed on, specifically in the last year.
“If there is an Aggie within 100 miles, we’re expected to get together, eat a little, and live over the days we spent at Aggieland,” said Sharla Allen, A&M Club member.
Paul Tannehill, who has helped orchestrate the Navarro County Muster for several years, said every locale has its Muster.
“It started out in 1903 as a protest, and they marched on the president’s home, but I don’t know what it was over,” Tannehill said. “It is the most sacred tradition that A&M observes.”
He pointed out that in most other universities, once graduation takes place, the students all go their separate ways and never gather again. But the tradition of Muster unites Aggies all over the world, with the biggest Muster being on the main campus, where there is a time of reminiscing and fellowship with fellow classmates.
“Here locally, we’ve made it a sit-down dinner with a featured speaker to give us a state of the University address, and bring us up to speed on what all is going on at the campus now,” Tannehill said. “It’s so different there now than it was when I went there, when there were less than 10,000 students.
“And of course we have our Roll Call for the deceased.”
The speaker for this year’s Aggie Muster will be Ryan Sitton, Texas Railroad Commissioner.
Poems will be read, and the Roll Call for the absent to honor those who have fallen since the last Muster is read. A friend or family member will answer “here” for that person, and a candle will be lit in their memory, to symbolize that Aggie will forever remain with them in Aggie spirit.
A quote from Henry Cisneros, titled “Softly Call the Muster” says, “The truest respect we can give today in remembering the spirit of Muster is to preserve it. To live it, to be there.”