Aggies continue muster tradition April 21

Cypress Valley A&M Club of the Cass and Marion County will hold the annual Aggie Muster ceremony at 6:00 p.m. Friday, April 21, at The County Seat Country Cooking Cafe, located at 109 North Main Street in Lin­den. The Guest speaker will be Edd Hargett ‘69. Dinner will be served and donations will be ac­cepted for the scholarship fund.

The Muster Tradition origi­nated when Aggies first gath­ered on June 26, 1883, to live over again their college days, the victories and defeats won and lost upon the drill field and in the classroom.

By April 21, 1903 the annual gathering evolved into a cele­bration of Texas’ Independence on San Jacinto Day. These early meetings included field games and banquets for Aggies to re­flect and celebrate their memo­ries of Aggieland.

“Let every alumni answer a roll call” wrote the former stu­dents. It was not until 1922, that April 21 became the official day of the events for all Aggies, thus the annual tradition of Muster was born.

The March 1923 “Texas Aggie” urged, “If there is an A&M man in 100 miles of you, you are ex­pected to get together, eat a little and live over the days you spent at the A&M College of Texas.”

Over the years, the tradi­tion of mustering has grown in strength, meaning and spirit. Today, Muster is celebrated in more than 400 places world-wide and brings together more Aggies, world-wide, on one oc­casion than any other event.

For more information about the event, or to RSVP, contact Billy Heldt ‘58 at 903-796-2692 or Frank Lanier ‘78 at frankla­

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