Aggie Muster is held on April 21st every year. Originally it was held to get Aggies together to reminisce regardless of where they were. The first muster was held in 1883.
During World War I the purpose of Muster expanded to include those who were missing. With that change Muster came to respect Aggies who came before, recognize those who were missing, and enjoy the camaraderie of those present. Muster was held in the trenches in Europe, on a military installation and in small towns and large cities.
One of the more remarkable Musters was conducted under fire on Corregidor in the Philippines in 1942. At the same time Muster was held on campus for the first time. Muster has been conducted on Campus every year since.
At Muster the speaker conducts a "Roll Call for the Absent" during which the names of Aggies who died over the last year are read out. A friend or family member responds with "here" to reflect that the Aggie is present in spirit and a candle is lit. The ceremony ends with the playing of "Taps." Muster is arguably the most revered of all Aggie Traditions.