Remembering the Aggie Bonfire Tragedy

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Aggies believe in tradition and honor, which is why they take the time each year to remember the 12 fallen Aggies who passed away during an awful accident involving their traditional bonfire. In 1999, students erected the structure to be burned before a football game. It was made of a massive 8,000 logs and reached 60 feet high, ESPN writes.

When the bottom stack of logs shifted, the entire tower quaked and fell. Students working on the project were crushed or thrown from the wreckage. Texas Monthly wrote a lengthy article five months after the incident that detailed the event along with the history of the tradition and the controversy concerning safety.

Though some felt that the tradition should be stopped, it is something that continues on today with new safety measures. A remembrance ceremony recently took place on the Texas A&M campus at the Bonfire Memorial at the same time of night that the stack of logs fell.

The Eagle has a list of each of the students who died along with a link to a special page remembering the Aggies and reflections from those who love them. Each link tells personal stories and gives the reader a sense of who each student was as a way to honor their memory and keep in mind how precious life is.