2023 marks the 15th annual year for the Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets Association’s Rally to the Guidons. It’s also the last year the event will be hosted on Kyle Field, making this 15-year milestone even more important. The venue wasn’t the only thing to change – the number of attending cadets doubled to over 1,200.
President of the Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets Association, Bruce Hamilton, explained that the march will no longer be held at Kyle Field due to the size of the stadium and SEC rules.
The Rally to the Guidons began in 2018 as a way for former Texas A&M Corps of Cadets members from all classes to gather with old classmates, meet new friends, and support current cadets. The guest list this year was massive, but there were a few notable former cadets who arrived ready to march. Some attending Corps of Cadets included a Texas A&M member of the Board of Regents, several military flag officers, and war veterans.
Esprit de corps is key to those taking part in the march. Current brigade commander, Ethan Finney, noted just how important it is there’s a connection between former and current cadets. “For them to come back and remember what we are doing here and for them to participate in what we’re doing, it’s just so valuable to our freshmen, to our sophomores, to juniors and seniors. Because it shows us this is something that has tangible benefits for decades to come. It’s like having 1,200 parents just willing to give me guidance and insight.”