World War I allowed Texas A&M to fulfill its land-grant role. Under the Morrill Act of 1862, states were to sell federally owned land to create an endowment for a public university focused on agricultural and mechanical studies, and provide military training.

Texas A&M learned from World War I. A precedent had been established and administrators had a better handle on what A&M’s role should be before the United States entered World War II.

The Ross Volunteers: The oldest special unit in the Corps and the most symbolic, the Ross Volunteers are the honor guard for the governor of Texas. An honor guard is a unit with ceremonial duties, such as escorting a distinguished guest or a casket during a funeral ceremony.

The Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets Association, in conjunction with Honor Flight Houston, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., with 17 former Aggie cadets, all Korean War veterans, from the classes of 1950-52. Five current cadets joined them on the trip to visit Arlington National Cemetery, the World War II and Vietnam memorials and the Korean War Memorial, where they were honored with a wreath-laying ceremony.

In a scenario uniquely familiar to the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, university president Michael Young explained Wednesday to alumni why the shiny, newly unveiled multi-million-dollar renovations to the Corps of Cadets' corner of campus were not something to be upset over.

From an Aggie whose names graces a library at the heart of campus to an Aggie who stormed the beaches of Normandy in World War II, the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets took time Saturday to reflect on former students who gave back to A&M after graduation.