Graves, scoreboard always visible.
Graves, scoreboard always visible.

Reveille, First Lady of A&M

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College Station, Texas

Died - Various

Pet Cemetery.

Texas A&M University is fanatically devoted to its pet mascots -- even the dead ones. A succession of "Reveille" dogs had been buried at the north entrance to Kyle Field, so they could watch a freshman cadet update the scoreboard.

The first Reveille was injured stray adopted by some cadets in 1931. The dog howled every time the bugler called reveille -- hence the name. Reveille became the school mascot until her death in 1944. Subsequent Reveilles filling the official post were ranked as Five-Star generals, and treated with great respect by A&M cadets. As each Reveille succumbed, she was interred with the others facing the scoreboard.

Official resting place of Texas A&M  mascots.
Official resting place of Texas A&M mascots.

In 2002, the addition of the Bernhard C. Richardson Zone made it impossible for the dead dogs to read the score. So the graves of Reveilles I-V (mostly collies) were permanently relocated outside the north entrance, beneath a brick plaza. An electronic scoreboard on the outer stadium wall provides the latest Aggie tally.

The plaque reads, in part:

"Reveille I, and the Reveilles that follow her, will always have a special place in an Aggie's heart and symbolize the undying spirit of Texas A&M."

Also see: Mascots | Roadside Pet Cemetery

Reveille, First Lady of A&M

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Joe Routt Blvd., College Station, TX
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