Aggies to continue muster tradition

The Cypress Valley A&M Club of Cass and Marion County will host the annual Aggie Muster Ceremony at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at The County Seat Café at 109 N. Main Street in Linden.
The guest speaker will be Erik McCoy 19’ who currently the starting center for the Texas A&M football team.   He is a redshirt junior from Lufkin, Texas and is the son of Stacie Davis and Garrick McCoy.  McCoy
was a freshman All American, freshman All-SEC, and has been on the AD Academic Honor Roll three times.
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 their college days -- the victories and defeats won and lost on the drill field and in the classroom.
By April 21, 1903, the annual gathering had 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. In March 1923, a 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 relive 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 Aggies celebrate muster in more than 400 places worldwide and bring together more Aggies on one occasion than any other event.
For more information about the event, or to make reservations, contact Billy Heldt, Class of 1958 at 903-796-2692 or Frank Lanier, Class of 1978 at franklanier@windstream.net.

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