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.