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After two years, a traditional Muster celebration and on-campus ceremony has returned to Texas A&M University.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Aggie Muster is an annual tradition on April 21 that celebrates college camaraderie while remembering the lives of alumni who died over the past year. Thursday was the 100th anniversary of Aggie Muster’s April 21 outfit. Aggie Muster ceremonies are held in more than 300 locations worldwide, but the largest ceremony takes place at Reed Arena on the Texas A&M campus.

For current Muster Committee Chairman Luke Thurman, it’s a day he’s been waiting for a long time. Especially with the ceremony changing over the past two years due to COVID-19.

“Bringing everyone to Kyle Field and also to Reed Arena, but specifically for my last two years we’re working specifically at Reed Arena,” Thurman said. “To see it all come together. To see all the booths full of people here to really love and honor the families we’re honoring tonight – it was a dream come true.”

There is a “roll call for the absent” which commemorates the deceased Aggies. Elders, family and friends light candles and respond “Here” when their loved one’s name is called.

“I think of them thinking of their families,” Thurman said. “That’s really why we do this. That’s why we’re here and that tradition combined with that is why I’m an Aggie to this day.”

More than 10,000 Aggies attended today’s ceremony, in person and online.

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