The Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets and WWII Aggie soldiers were awarded the 2018 Guardian of Human Spirit award by the Holocaust Museum Houston.
These dedicated service members liberated Nazi concentration camps during World War II.
Commandant of the Corps of Cadets Brig. Gen. Joe Ramirez, Jr., Texas A&M Class of 1979, accepted the award on behalf of the university. The presentation of the award was held at Hilton Americas in Houston in November.
“Those men who were part of that effort to liberate concentration camps stood up at a time when our country needed them – our world needed them – and did what needed to be done to save our world from tyranny,” Ramirez said.
During the war, a total of 20,229 aggies served, according to Texas A&M University. Of those who served, 14,123 were officers, and 953 died while defending the United States.
“Aggies fought valiantly alongside fellow soldiers to rid the world of unprecedented evil,” Texas A&M President Michael K. Young said. “Those who liberated the camps bore witness to unspeakable atrocities with bravery and compassion. In accepting this award, we honor those Aggies and all who fought to defend humanity, the innocent victims they rescued and the six million Jews who perished.”
The Guardian of the Human Spirit award was first established in 1997. This 2018 ceremony had nearly 1,000 in attendance including dozens of members of the Corps of Cadets who provided a military-style procession and escorted Holocaust survivors to their seats.
The Holocaust Museum Houston says this year’s event raised $652,500 to fund operations and educational outreach programs.
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