On Nov. 18 at 2:42 a.m., people gathered both virtually and in person, to honor the 12 fallen Aggies of the Bonfire Collapse.
As the anniversary of Bonfire Collapse approaches, students remember those who passed away in the tragedy and share how, after two decades, Bonfire still strives to embody the spirit of those fallen Aggies.
The morning of Nov. 18, 1999, Jason Hannam arrived at a quiet and solemn campus. Hannam, Class of 2001, soon heard rumors about the collapse of Bonfire, an incident that would ensure the day lived on in the consciousness of Aggies.
Just south of Texas A&M’s campus stands a different memorial dedicated to the 12 Aggies killed in the Bonfire collapse of 1999, created by the City of College Station in their honor.
Texas A&M changed forever on Nov. 18, 1999, at 2:42 a.m., when the 59-foot-tall Bonfire Stack collapsed. Twelve Aggies died and 27 were injured. Today, on that same ground, there stands a memorial honoring those who lost their lives upholding a storied A&M tradition.
Aggies gathered together for the 19th Bonfire Remembrance in the early hours of November 18. Bonfire Remembrance is held to honor the 12 students who lost their lives when the bonfire stack collapsed on November 18, 1999 at 2:42 a.m.
In the cold early morning hours of Sunday when campus is usually deserted, hundreds of Aggies will make their way to the Bonfire Memorial to remember the 12 Aggies who died after the stack collapsed at 2:42 a.m. on Nov. 18, 1999.
The Bonfire Memorial stands as a monument to the 12 who died during the Bonfire collapse in the early hours of Nov. 18, 1999. Nineteen years after the collapse, the memory of this event is still preserved by the Aggie community.
On November 18, 1999, at 2:42 a.m. the Bonfire stack collapsed. Twelve Aggies lost their lives, and it is the duty of Aggies everywhere to keep their memory alive in our hearts. We remember them.
Current and former students gather in the brisk morning cold at 2:42 a.m. to remember the 12 Aggies that fell during Bonfire collapse in 1999. But as the ceremony continues, some minute changes may be noticed.
The 1969 Bonfire (right) at Texas A&M University was the tallest bonfire ever built. Reaching nearly 110 feet into the air, it was taller than most current buildings on campus, and in 1969 it was the tallest structure on campus. In the 1940s, when Universal Studios produced the film abou…
The Aggie Bonfire was one of Texas A&M’s longest standing traditions. Usually done before the annual football game against the University of Texas. The tradition ran on campus from 1907 until 1999, when a tragic collapse resulted in 12 deaths and 27 injuries.
Tragedy struck when, 18 years ago, Bonfire collapsed, killing 12 Aggies and injuring 27 others. This event instantly reshaped a 92-year-old tradition and changed Aggieland in ways nobody could have expected when that fateful night began.
The Battalion Assistant Life & Arts Editor Skye Lovelady sat down with Ann Goodman, associate director of the Department of Student Activities, who was one of the first people contacted when Bonfire collapsed on November 18th, 1999 at 2:42 a.m., to discuss her job and what she saw during…
Texas A&M University at Galveston students host a small ceremony at the center of their campus at 2:42 a.m. commemorating the 12 students who lost their lives in the Bonfire collapse.
Aggieland gathers once more on the 17th anniversary of Bonfire's collapse, we take this time to remember not just the pain of losing our fellow Aggies but to reflect upon the lives they lived and the happiness and lessons they left behind for each and everyone of us. These Aggies were commit…
I was appointed to the Journalism faculty in January 1999 as a lecturer and faculty adviser for The Battalion. Bonfire fell the following November. My wife, Mary Sherwood, was a doctoral student. We lived in a one-bedroom apartment just off campus near the intersection of George Bush Drive a…
The off campus organization Student Bonfire began their first day of work in the woods on Sunday September, 11th. With Axes in hand and a burning passion in heart hundreds of Aggies headed out to put in their fair share of work. The road to burn night will be long and paved with blood, sweat…
Sixteen years ago, 12 students died and 27 were injured in a tragedy that continues to be felt across Texas A&M. The 1999 Aggie Bonfire Collapse may have ended campus Bonfire, but a family member of one of the students who died that morning continues the tradition as a member of Student …
The Battalion published the above front page hours after the 1999 Aggie Bonfire Collapse the morning of Nov. 18. While the final casualty count numbered 12 dead and 27 injured, The Battalion’s day-of coverage reflected the chaos and uncertainty surrounding the tragedy in its immediate afterm…
The 2015 Bonfire Remembrance Ceremony will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 2:42 a.m. at the campus Bonfire Memorial to honor the 12 students who died in the 1999 Bonfire Stack Collapse. The ceremony will begin at the exact time the collapse occurred 16 years ago.
The Bonfire Memorial on Texas A&M’s campus is set in stone, but 12 trees planted next to it stand as living, growing monuments to the students who died the morning of Nov. 18, 1999.
Bonfire Memorial was designed as an everlasting symbol to A&M’s greatest tradition, and tragedy. Student leaders reflect on symbolism inherent throughout the memorial.Photos by: Alexis Will
Twelve students died and 27 were injured the morning of Nov. 18, 1999, when the annual Aggie Bonfire collapsed at 2:42 a.m. The Stack was built over the fall semester by students who managed all aspects of the physically-demanding, complex construction project.
When creating sand mandalas, Buddhist monks create elaborate designs out of colorful sand. They sculpt every minute detail to symmetrical perfection, and when it’s done, without words, they simply sweep the sand into a meaningless mixture and bottle it up.
Fifteen years after the 1999 Aggie Bonfire Collapse, students and community members gathered at Bonfire Memorial at 2:42 a.m. Tuesday to honor the lives of the 12 Aggies killed in the collapse.
The items left at Bonfire after Stack fell symbolized the mourning, love and unity of the Aggie family. People left letters, poems, flowers, teddy bears, pots, clothes and Aggie rings to remember and celebrate the lives of the 12 Aggies killed in the 1999 Aggie Bonfire Collapse.
The morning of the 1999 Aggie Bonfire Collapse was the day she grew up, said Sallie Porter, fall semester 1999 editor-in-chief of The Battalion. Porter, who is now a nurse anesthetist living in Asheville, N.C., said each November is, more than anything, a time of remembrance.
In the days following Nov. 16, 1907, the sleepy campus in what would eventually become College Station was buzzing. The football team was undefeated and, upon returning home on a long train ride after beating national powerhouse Tulane in New Orleans, needed a way to celebrate.
At 2:42 a.m. Tuesday, a ceremony will recognize the 15th anniversary of the 1999 Aggie Bonfire Collapse, a day that affected Aggies across the country.
Aggie Bonfire was born from the Aggie Spirit. Motivated by a strong desire to show their love for Texas A&M, cadets burned the first Fightin’ Texas Aggie Bonfire to celebrate a football victory. As the tradition grew, the spirit stayed the same.