Muster 2018MICHAEL K. YOUNG
April 19, 2018
Muster is one of Texas A&M’s most solemn traditions and as we approach the event this weekend, I am moved to share with you just how proud I am to be a part of the university community.
Truly a testament to the strength and love within the Aggie Family, Muster so significantly represents the Core Values of Loyalty and Respect.
To Aggies and their families here in College Station and all over the world who come together on Saturday, April 21 to honor and celebrate those loved ones lost over the past year, I send my heartfelt condolences.
This year, the morning of Muster, The Association of Former Students will have a live reading of the 2018 Worldwide Roll Call for the Absent wherein every name of every Aggie anywhere in the world who has died in the past year will be read and answered with “Here.” There has not been a documented occasion in almost 100 years upon which every name worldwide has been called in a single location. Aggies all over the world can watch the event via livestream.
What a phenomenal way to open Muster to the entire world; I applaud and thank those who have arranged and are participating in this historic event.
This week’s passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush – a great supporter of Texas A&M – is on the minds of Aggies everywhere and we plan to honor her at Muster 2019. The interment of Mrs. Bush will also be on Saturday, earlier in the afternoon, on the grounds of the Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Those attending Muster should plan to arrive at 6 p.m. at the earliest to help with traffic flow in the area.
It is inspiring to witness through Muster so many students, faculty, staff, former students and loved ones take the time to pay their respects – that is what the Aggie Spirit all about. It is a connection that spans miles and generations, and one that is profoundly meaningful.
I am honored to be a part of Muster once again this year and look forward to seeing the Aggie Spirit on full display in this most special of traditions.
Michael K. Young