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Keeping Traditions

Published: Sunday, August 29, 2010

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 19:07


The Battalion



What began in 1883 as a gathering of Aggies reflecting on their college days and evolved into an annual celebration of Texas independence on San Jacinto Day is now a worldwide event. On April 21 each year, Aggies gather in more than 300 locations around the globe — including on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan — to remember fellow Aggies who have passed away in the past year. "I think it helps individuals feel connected. I know if I were to pass away, no matter what, I'll be honored at Muster," Teer said. While the largest Muster gathering happens on campus in Reed Arena, at every Muster location, a roll call for the absent is read out. Family members and friends answer "here" and light a candle in memory of lost loved ones. "Muster began as a commemoration, driven by respect for old friends and a desire to remember college days gone by. Campus Muster continues each year because current students are committed to serving the Aggie family, and to making each April 21 the best it can be," said Ali Walsh, programs chairwoman for the Muster Committee and junior civil engineering major. "Muster is service to others, integrity, respect, excellence, selflessness and remembrance. Muster embodies what it means to be an Aggie. " Walsh said the 23-member Muster Committee works hard for the full year to prepare for each Muster, contacting families, preparing reflections displays and training Muster hosts among many other tasks.

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