Scot Walker '90 November 7, 2016 9:54 AM updated: November 22, 2016 2:59 PM
After 18 months in Bastogne, Belgium, the "Texas Aggies Go To War" exhibit is coming to Texas.
"From Texas to Bastogne: Texas Aggies Go To War" opened at the Bastogne War Museum in Belgium in December 2014, on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. The exhibit told the stories of five former students of Texas A&M who each had a role in the pivotal battle which led to the Allied victory in Europe. These five—James Hollingsworth ’40, Turney Leonard ’42, Willie Peña ’42, Joe Routt ’37 and Earl Rudder ’32—are representative not only of all Aggies, but all Americans who served in World War II. Their stories together told the greater story of "dedication, sacrifice, reconciliation, healing, and deep ties, both personal and economic, between people an ocean apart."
Beginning on Veterans Day—Sunday, Nov. 11—elements of the exhibit will be on display on the Texas A&M campus in the Memorial Student Center Veterans Lounge. This presentation will coincide with the Belgian Royal Trade Mission to Texas led by Princess Astrid. The scaled-down "preview exhibit" will remain through Dec. 18.
A full-scale presentation of the "Texas Aggies Go To War" exhibit is expected to open in the MSC's Stark Galleries in August 2017. Plans are in the works to house the entire display, including new exhibits, in a permanent location in Bryan-College Station.