Texas A&M Marks Tragic Bonfire Anniversary


Today marks a tragic day in Texas A&M history. It was 20-years ago today that the traditional bonfire collapsed during construction, killing 12 people and injuring 27 others.

A remembrance ceremony was held at 2:42 am in College Station, marking the time when the 59-foot stack, consisting of 5,000 logs, gave way.

The bonfire tradition started in 1909 as a lead-up to the Aggies' annual rivalry game with the Texas Longhorns, and was held every year except 1963 - when John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Students held a moment of silence during yell practice Friday at Kyle Field. The football team marked the anniversary by adding a maroon ribbon with the years 1999 and 2019 to their midfield logo Saturday night.

The Bonfire Memorial recently completed a months-long enhancement project. CLICK HERE for a link to the virtual tour.


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