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Texas A&M Corps Of Cadets Participates In Gubernatorial Inauguration

Gov. Greg Abbott’s oath-of-office ceremony featured appearances by the Ross Volunteer Company, Reveille and the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.
Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications January 18, 2023

a photo of cadets in white uniforms holding up sabers to form an archway, creating a path to a podium in front of the state capitol building
Members of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets’ Ross Volunteer Company form a saber arch at the inauguration ceremony for Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Jan. 17, 2023.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was sworn in for his third term in office Tuesday flanked by members of Texas A&M University’s Corps of Cadets.

As part of its long-standing role as the official honor guard of the governor of Texas, the Ross Volunteer Company traveled to the State Capitol in Austin to take part in the inauguration, performing a saber arch during the governor’s entrance and standing at attention as Abbott took the oath of office.

Tuesday’s ceremony also included music by members of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band and a visit from the Corps’ highest ranking member, Reveille X, who attended the festivities along with the mascots of several other Texas colleges and universities.

Originally formed in 1887, the Ross Volunteers continue to perform a variety of important functions at Texas A&M and beyond, acting as the governor’s honor guard at official ceremonies, and performing the 21-gun salute at Aggie Muster and Silver Taps. During Mardi Gras this February, Ross Volunteers will travel to New Orleans to march in the famous King Rex Parade — a tradition they’ve upheld for more than seven decades.


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