November 18, 1999

Nov. 17, 2008, 8:16 p.m. by John
http://mikeandtim.com/wp-content/uploads/Bonfire.j
Since the bonfire memorial was erected, every November 18th while I was a student at Texas A&M I came to the memorial with hundreds of other Aggies. Like everyone else I have seen the pictures from bonfire's past. I imagine the flood lights on stack, Aggies all around, people carrying logs, others on the stack strapping logs together, everyone talking about who's dorm is best, yelling, laughter, no one wanting to be anywhere else. Aggies being Aggies. Then, at 2:42AM on November 18th, 1999 everything changed. It doesn't matter what your thoughts about bonfire are; whether or not you think that bonfire should be back on campus or not is irrelevant on this day. It is a day to remember 12 fallen members of the Aggie family. I have never seen Bonfire on campus. Every year I wish I could, just to be a part of something like the picture above. Never forget
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4 Comments

quackerbacker Says:

Nov. 2, 2009
University of Oregon duck here.....sheesh we can\'t get out of the rain, we could never (could) do this. The eco-hippies would have all of us in court. 6-7 months of drizzle and grey-black skies. The only dry wood is baked n the lumber mills. Oh...we could build it...with 22 ft. diameter Old Growth Forest...it would never light...I can not even Immagine this Aggie tradition....Green Wood is sooo slippery Oh by the way ...shouldn\'t these kids be studying or at least copulating ? It\'s cold and rainy here....my bonfire is the couch in the backyard.

Mark Says:

Nov. 18, 2008
I\'ve never been to anything that came close to rivaling it.

LEW Says:

Nov. 18, 2008
thanks for the post. i used to stare at the polo fields trying to imagine the stack rising up above the buildings. i hope all aggies remember the tragedy and tradition.

Faith Says:

Nov. 17, 2008
_It doesn\'t matter what your thoughts about bonfire are; whether or not you think that bonfire should be back on campus or not is irrelevant on this day. It is a day to remember 12 fallen members of the Aggie family._ well said, my friend.

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