As former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card recounted in detail the day he told former President George W. Bush about the Sept. 11 terror attacks, he was reminded about the importance of never forgetting those who have died.

Card said it’s rare to find the quality of “never forgetting” in a college environment. But, he said, it’s also something Aggies do well.

Card was the guest speaker at the Aggie Muster celebration Monday at Texas A&M University-Central Texas’ Founder’s Hall.

“Aggies do not forget,” said Card, who works at Texas A&M’s provost office. “They honor those who sacrifice. They honor ... and remember those who lost their lives.”

Abigale Flugum said she’s attended the Muster celebration every year since graduating from the college in 2007.

Flugum followed family tradition and said she was happy she decided to be an Aggie. “To me, it felt like home. The way the traditions are and the camaraderie that you feel ... There’s an Aggie spirit that once you’re inside, it’s hard to explain, and looking from the outside, it’s hard to understand.”

As part of the Muster tradition, Aggies light a candle in remembrance of alumni who died within the last year.

“It’s a sacred ceremony to honor those that we’ve lost,” Flugum said. “We want to celebrate our time at A&M, and also remember those that we’ve lost.”

Contact Sarah Rafique at or (254) 501-7553. Follow her on Twitter at SarahRafique.

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