Former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card is the guest speaker for this year’s Texas A&M Muster celebration in Killeen.

Card, who currently works at Texas A&M’s provost office, served under former President George W. Bush between 2001 and 2007 and delivered the news of the terror attacks to Bush on Sept. 11, 2001.

The annual Texas Aggie Muster honors all alumni who died in the past year.

The event includes a dinner and starts at 6 p.m. Monday at Texas A&M University-Central Texas in Killeen. Tickets are $20 per person and club memberships also will be available for an additional $10.

It’s open to all current and former Texas A&M students and their families and friends.

“(It) honors the memories of A&M men and women whose deaths prevent them from answering roll call at this year’s muster,” said Chris Diem, muster chair. “As each name is called, a friend or family member will answer, ‘here,’ symbolizing that their memory lives on in the hearts of Aggies everywhere.”

The muster tradition will be observed at more than 300 locations around the world, Diem said.

“Muster gatherings are held in many unique places, ranging from battleships and foxholes during World War II to ballrooms and steak houses today,” he said.

Throughout the years, Diem said muster has grown to be one of the college’s most revered traditions.

“Muster is more than just a ceremony,” he said. “It is also an annual way for Aggies to renew the loyalty and unity which constitute the foundation of their friendship for each other as well as their love and devotion for their school.”

For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, email Diem at cdiem05@aggienetwork.com.

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

I'm the education reporter at the Killeen Daily Herald. Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SarahRafique

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