Texas A&M honors fallen students with Silver Taps ceremony

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Two Texas A&M students who died recently were honored at the university’s Silver Taps ceremony.

The ceremony honored the memories of Roberto A. Acosta, a junior engineering major from Houston who died Dec. 5; Andrew Evan Brightwell, a sophomore geographic information science and technology major from Sealy who died Dec. 8; Lela Justeen Burney, a freshman kinesiology major from Longview who died Dec. 27; and Maegan Ellen Sanders, a graduate student in management information systems from Lexington, and Wesley Donald Sanders, a sophomore business major also from Lexington, who both died on Dec. 1.

The first Silver Taps was in 1898 after the death of the university’s president, Lawrence Sullivan Ross, and it has changed little from that time.

All campus flags are flown at half-staff on the day of Silver Taps, while a list of the names of those to be remembered is posted at the base of the flagpole in the Academic Plaza.

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