A Note from Brigadier General Joe E Ramirez, Commandant of Cadets
Even though the Corps of Cadets will not be able to conduct the annual March to the Brazos this year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have decided to conduct an “Honorary March to the Brazos,” to honor all the cadets who will not get the opportunity to participate this year, and two members of the Office of the Commandant’s staff who have died recently.
One member of each class in the Corps this year – classes of 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 will march in honor of their classmates who cannot march due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. In addition, The Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr Danny Pugh, the Commandant of Cadets, BG Joe Ramirez, and the Deputy Commandant, COL Byron Stebbins will also march with the 4 cadets to the Brazos River. All will maintain “social distancing” throughout the march, and will march to honor this year’s Corps of Cadets, as well as to honor the memory of COL Glenn Starnes, Assistant Commandant for Operations and Training, and Lt Cmdr Lee Hassman, Cadet Training Officer, both of whom died from cancer recently. Each cadet will carry a flag bearing their class year on it, and staff members will carry a U.S. Marine Corps flag in honor of COL Starnes, and a U.S. Navy flag in honor of Lt Cmdr Hassman. The cadets will still raise money for four local non-profit organizations as originally planned, and continue their tradition of selfless service and philanthropy through their conduct of March to the Brazos.
While we are disappointed that we cannot conduct March to the Brazos with the entire Corps of Cadets as we normally do each year, we look forward to conducting this “Honorary March to the Brazos” to honor our cadets, our fallen staff members, and to raise funds for four local non-profit organizations who support the citizens of the Brazos Valley. But more importantly, this Honorary March will show that the Aggie Spirit will always prevail! The “Keepers of the Spirit” and the “Guardians of Tradition” will NOT be deterred!
“I’ve seen ‘em play since way back when,
And they’ve always had the grit.
I’ve seen lose and I’ve seen ‘em win,
but I’ve never seen ‘em quit!”
Gig ‘em! And Beat the Hell Outta the Coronavirus!