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2019 Grimes County Aggie Muster April 21

April 10, 2019 - 00:00
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Friends, family and former students of Texas A&M University will assemble Sunday, April 21, in Navasota for the Grimes County A&M Club annual Texas Aggie Muster to honor all Texas Aggies who have passed away within the last year, announced Grimes County Aggie Muster Chairman Brent Cahill.

The Muster activities consisting of a social hour, dinner, speaker presentation and Muster Ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the August Horst Pavilion next to the Navasota VFW Post #4006. Muster is open to all former students and their families, parents of students, and friends of Texas A&M. Navasota VFW Post #4006 will assist with Muster activities and the meal will be provided by Grill Sargent Hot Dogs and Catering.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Bruce Guy Chabot. Dr. Chabot holds degrees from Texas A&M University, Josephinum Seminary & Graduate School, and the University of Dallas. After teaching English at Texas A&M for 18 years, he currently teaches at Sam Houston University. The Rev. Chabot also served as a Navy (Reserve) Chaplain in Operation Desert Storm and is semi-retired from the priestly ministry in the Episcopal Church.

The Muster tradition is more than 100-years-old. Musters will be held around the world this year, “wherever Aggies live or work,” said Cahill. Muster will be observed around the world in places ranging from battleships to ballrooms and sand dunes to steakhouses. During wars, Aggies have mustered in foxholes, on the battlefield, aboard ships, in airplanes and in medical hospitals.

Every muster ceremony is the same, Cahill reported. Texas Aggies pay their respects to all those who are absent because of death since the last Muster. When the names of the honored dead are called from the Muster Roll, a friend of the deceased answers “Here!” symbolizing that their memory lives on in the hearts of Aggies everywhere.

Over the years, Aggie Muster has grown to be one of Texas A&M’s most revered traditions. Muster honors the memories of A&M men and women whose deaths prevent them from answering Roll Call at this years’ s Muster. The Roll Call is a roster compiled of all former and current students who have died over the past year. Muster is more than just a ceremony; it is also an annual way for Aggies to renew the loyalty and unity which constitute the foundation of their friendship, love and devotion for each other, as well as for their school.

For more information regarding the Texas Aggie Muster held in Grimes County, contact Cahill at 936-825-0239.