It's a beautiful ceremony. It embodies the Aggie Spirit and is almost a renewal of Aggie-ness for all Aggies; if ever you doubt why you chose A&M, go to Muster -- it's the night when you remember why you're an Aggie. It certainly reminded me.
This poem is one of many famous Aggie poems. It's called Roll Call for the Absent; we read it at every Muster now.
|In many lands and climes this April day|
Proud sons of Texas A&M unite.
Our loyalty to country, school, we pray,
and seal our pact with bond of common might.
|We live again those happy days of yore|
on campus, field, in classroom, dorm, at drill
Fond memory brings a sigh -- but nothing more;
Now we are men and life’s a greater thrill,
|On Corregidor years ago today|
A band of gallant Aggies, led by Moore,
Held simple rites which led to us doth all to say:
The spirit shall prevail through cannon roar.
|Before we part and go upon our way,|
We pause to honor those we knew so well;
The old familiar faces we miss so much today
Left cherished recollections that time cannot dispel.
|Softly call the Muster,|
Let comrade answer, “Here!”
Their spirits hover ‘round us
As if to bring us cheer!
|Mark them ‘present’ in our hearts.|
We’ll meet some other day
There is no death, but life etern
For our old friends such as they!
|by Dr. John Ashton ‘06|