COLLEGE STATION --
Five Texas A&M University students will be remembered at Silver Taps Tuesday (Feb. 4).
Students to be honored at the unique ceremony are Brandon Charles Fails, a freshman general studies major from Euless who died Nov. 25, and Jacqueline Roquemore from Sugar Land, a freshman in the College of Education majoring in teaching, learning and culture, who died Dec. 29.
Also being honored are Kishore Shivdas Naik, a graduate student in aerospace engineering, and Gokul Lakshman, a graduate student in petroleum engineering. These two students from India died Dec. 22 in an automobile acciden
Rajiv Saha, a graduate student in chemistry from India, died Dec. 25, also as a result of an automobile accident.
To honor the memories of these students, the campus will be darkened at 10:20 p.m. In silence students, family and friends will gather in the plaza in front of the Academic Building. An honor guard from the Ross Volunteer Company will march across campus from the Corps of Cadets area to the plaza where its members will present a 21-rifle salute. Buglers from the Aggie Band will play a special arrangement of "Taps." The tolling of Albritton Tower bells will signal the end of the ceremony.
The first Silver Taps ceremony was held more than a century ago in 1898 upon the death of the university's president, Lawrence Sullivan Ross, and the ceremony has changed little from that time.
The day of the ceremony, all campus flags are flown at half-staff and a list of the names of those to be remembered is posted at the base of the flagpole in the Academic Plaza. The family of each student to be honored is notified of the ceremony and sent a floral arrangement by university officials.
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