|Aggie Muster brings 55 people to area event|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
April 22, 2005 - In one of the greatest traditions for the Texas A&M community, members of the Hopkins County A&M club and the Hopkins County Area Aggie Moms celebrated Aggie Muster Thursday night with keynote speaker Vic Schaefer.
Schaefer is the associate head coach of the Lady Aggies basketball program and said he was honored to be a part of the Aggie Muster in Hopkins County.
"This is going to be a somber night for some of those that attend, but I think for those that have fallen, passed and perished, this is going to be a night of celebration and not be a night of discouragement, and I hope that I am able to fall somewhere in the middle with what I have to talk about," Schaefer said.
Schaefer talked to the group of 55 about Aggies' responsibility, the dedication of the bonfire memorial, and a recap of some of the athletic seasons.
Muster is celebrated in more than 400 places worldwide on April 21 of every year, with the largest ceremony on the Texas A&M campus in College Station. The ceremony brings together more Aggies, worldwide, on one occasion than any other event.
"I think it says a lot about the Aggie family to have this be one of the biggest events in the Aggie year and when we gather our family tree at Texas A&M is very distinct. This is a very special day, and I am very honored to be here in Sulphur Springs," Schaefer said.
"I look at this as a tremendous obligation and a tremendous responsibility and that when these people leave they will have a better understanding about what is going on at the university."
According to the Texas A&M website, the March 1923 campus newspaper 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."
Aggie Muster originated 80 years ago in an attempt to recollect on old times and to honor fallen or perished members of the Aggie community during the past year.
Schaefer said during the years that America has been at war, the Aggie Muster took on major importance and that during last night's Muster three soldiers would be remembered for their time of service in the military.
"In the years where we were at war, we really honored those Aggies who gave their life during the war, the coach said. "It is a very special night and in my mind it is truly one of the most important days in an Aggie year.
"This is a very distinct honor for me to be able to speak to the citizens of Hopkins County, and I hope that I will be able to represent them well."