Country musician Neal McCoy leads the Corps of Cadets in the Pledge of Allegiance
By Lesley Henton, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing and Communications
Country music singer Neal McCoy, who’s gone viral for his daily Pledge of Allegiance on Facebook Live, made an early morning stop at Texas A&M University this week and joined the Corps of Cadets in reciting the Pledge to honor his recently deceased father, Hubert Neal McGaughey, Texas A&M Class of 1952.
View McCoy’s Pledge of Allegiance at Texas A&M.
McCoy told the crowd gathered at the Corps of Cadets Quad this morning that he’s recited the Pledge of Allegiance online for 470 days in a row and felt honored to be doing so at his father’s Alma Mater.
His father, who passed away on March 25 in Tyler, Texas, was a retired civil engineer who was born on April 17, 1930 in Jacksonville, Texas. He received his B.S. in civil engineering from Texas A&M and later served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, based in the Philippines.
“I’ve bled maroon for years. I was the black sheep that didn’t attend here. I went out and tried a singing career. Some people say I did okay, I say the jury’s still out,” McCoy joked. “What an honor to be here.”
In addition to his father, McCoy said his daughter, brother, sister and brother-in-law are all Aggies.
Texas A&M surprised McCoy and his two siblings with a special presentation in which they were given three flags that have flown over campus in honor of their father.
Shortly before he passed away last month, McGaughey joined his son in saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
Fans of the NBC show “The Voice” will soon see McCoy as he has been selected to be a mentor with fellow country singer Blake Shelton next season.
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