Hannah Lang '18 February 1, 2021 11:24 AM updated: February 1, 2021 1:46 PM
Silver Taps will be observed Feb. 2 to honor the memories of three recently deceased Aggies.
Silver Taps is a tribute paid to an Aggie who, at the time of his or her death, was enrolled in graduate or undergraduate courses at Texas A&M. Silver Taps was formerly observed as soon as possible after the death of an Aggie. Today it is held on the first Tuesday of each month from September to April, if necessary.
These Aggies will be honored at February's Silver Taps:
Texas A&M’s Traditions Council has said that after switching to a virtual format for the fall, Silver Taps ceremonies can now be held in-person at the Academic Plaza. The decision was made after a thorough review of COVID-19 data collected over the last two months by the Silver Taps Committee, which includes members of of Traditions Council, Student Assistance Services and the Department of Student Activities. University officials had previously decided to hold the event virtually due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event will be broadcast on Texas A&M’s YouTube channel. Follow Traditions Council social media for more information
The names of these three Aggies have been added to the roll call for the 2021 Aggie Muster. Deceased Aggies who were students at the College Station campus when they died are eligible to be called at the student-run Muster at Reed Arena on April 21. (See the criteria for the Reed Arena roll call.) Their names, along with every other name on the 2021 worldwide roll call, will also be called during the live reading that will take place on April 21 at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center. (See the current 2021 roll call.) Their names are also eligible to be called at one or more of the hundreds of hometown Musters that will take place around the world. (See the list of Musters currently registered for 2021.)
Free parking in the University Center Garage will be available between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m.
In case of severe weather, Silver Taps will be held at an alternative date.
Related story: In a 1968 letter, a freshman described Silver Taps to his parents; weeks later, the bugles played for him. Today, every Fish Camp learns his story.
Silver Taps is hosted by Traditions Council, a student organization that works to preserve and promote the traditions of Texas A&M. Traditions Council partners with the Department of Student Assistance Services to facilitate and raise awareness of this time-honored tradition.
Traditions Council reminds students to:
For more information about Silver Taps, visit studentlife.tamu.edu/sas.silvertaps or contact Student Assistance Services at (979) 845-3113.
Silver Taps is one of Texas A&M's greatest traditions. The Association of Former Students expresses our sincere appreciation to donors to The Association for helping support it financially.