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Governor recounts days in Aggie Corps

Gov. Rick Perry, former yell leader and Class of 1972, encouraged freshmen in the Corps of Cadets to “stick with the Corps,” and told them “the best is yet to come.”
Perry was on hand for the celebration of the Corps of Cadets’ 125th Anniversary Reunion this weekend and spoke to a crowd at Reed Arena Friday night.
Calling the Corps the “current keepers of the spirit,” he said that the Corps teaches the values of leadership, honor and character better than any other institution. He said Texas A&M had created its own legacy through service, duty and honor and would continue to defend that legacy.
“Our nation is on the brink of war and Texas A&M will answer the call,” Perry said.
Speaking about the recent terrorist attacks, he said, “the cause of evil has wounded this land. They can tear down buildings but never our will.”
Perry described the cadets who have served the United States as “heroes of challenges past,” who “endured the unthinkable so others could enjoy freedom.”
He said that America will meet its newest challenge of terrorism, and that “our heart of freedom is stronger than any challenge.”
While he praised the cadets, he also warned them of “overzealous patriotism and boasting,” and said that soldiers are not made by boasting but by “silent strength.”
He also said that the young men and women in the Corps may be the ones called on to overcome those oppposed to freedom and that he was proud to be in their presence.
Perry presented a certificate to Joe Dickerson, Corps commander and a senior geography major, proclaiming September 21 as Corps of Cadets Day in the state of Texas.
Russell Hurst, a sophomore general studies major and member of the Corps, said the Governor’s presentation was inspiring.
“It was good because he made it really patriotic and brought light to the Corps and their accomplishments,” Hurst said.
He added that all of the events of the weekend celebration were successful.
“We enjoyed it,” said Hurst. “From the participation we saw, and getting to meet all the old Ags, it was great.”

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