Every Aggie has a home away from home in the Memorial Student Center, Texas A&M’s student union. However, this facility is unique because it is also a memorial. After the world wars, former students wanted to build a memorial to honor all of the Aggies that had lost their lives during battle—and at the same time, the students wanted to build a student center. The Memorial Student Center — or the MSC, as it is known on campus — was built and dedicated on Muster Day (April 21) 1951 to all of the Aggies that have lost their lives in wars past, present, or future.
In front of the MSC, there are 55 trees that surround Simpson Drill Field to honor the 55 Aggies that gave their lives in World War I. In addition, in the front hallway, there are displays honoring the eight Aggies who served during World War II and received Congressional Medals of Honor.
The MSC also houses three art galleries, multiple eating facilities, a bookstore, a bank, piano practice rooms, and The Flag Room. The Flag Room, also known as the “living room of Texas A&M,” is a place where students often gather to study, meet friends to eat, have meetings, or just to take a nap between classes.
Since the MSC is a living memorial, those entering the building are asked to remove their hats. Those walking outside are asked not to walk on the grass outside surrounding the facility, also as a sign of respect to fallen Aggies.