SOFTLY CALL THE MUSTER
Short Film (Documentary)
a film by the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M
Aggie Muster is a tradition at Texas A&M University which celebrates the camaraderie of the school while remembering the lives of Aggies who have died in the past year. Aggies have “mustered”, or gathered together, on April 21 for more than a century.
On April 21, 2018, a special Aggie Muster was held aboard a Southwest Airlines flight as it returned to Houston from Washington, D.C., as part of a program called Honor Flight Houston. The flight was special as it hosted several veterans, including four Aggies who served in WWII and Korea, one of whom was present at the Muster held on the island of Corregidor in 1946.
This was the first occasion known to The Association of Former Students of a "Muster in the sky."
The title of the film comes from a poem written in 1943 by Dr. John Ashton (Texas A&M Class of 1906) in honor of the Aggie defenders of Corregidor during World War II. The original title was "The Heroes' Roll Call."
In many lands and climes, this April day
Proud sons of Texas A & M unite.
Our loyalty to country, school, we pay,
And seal our pact with bond of common might.
We live again those happy days of yore,
On campus, field, in classroom, hall, at drill.
Fond memory brings a sigh--but nothing more:
Now we are men, and life is one great thrill!
On fortress isle one year ago today,*
A group of gallant Aggies, led by Moore,
Held simple rites which to us all doth say:
The spirit shall prevail o'er cannon roar!
They thought of home and all we hold most dear:
Where are they now--those boys we knew so well?
Ask of the winds, let smile repress a tear,
Think only of their glory when they fell!
Corregidor! forever more a hallowed name
To countless sons of Texans yet unborn;
Symbolic like, it stands for deathless fame:
A shrine sublime till Resurrection morn!
Softly call the muster,
Let comrade answer, “Here!”
Their spirits hover ‘round us:
As if to bring us cheer!
Mark them "present" in our hearts,
We’ll meet some other day.
There is no Death, but Life Eterne
For heroes such as they!
Clay Taylor graduated from Texas A&M University in 2008 with a B.A. in Communication. He joined Texas FilmWorks as Visual Media Director after spending three years with 12th Man Productions in the Texas A&M Athletic Department. A highlight of his time there was creating and directing the EMMY award-winning TV series ‘The Pulse: Texas A&M Football’. He previously worked for TexAgs as Media Director in 2012 & 2013. He and his beautiful wife Megan are both natives of Lockhart, TX, and were high school sweethearts. They have 3 children.