Texas A&M students this year are hoping to create another tradition called Feed the Spirit, a dinner the day before Thanksgiving, with all proceeds going to the Aggie Bonfire Memorial Fund. 

Aggie Bonfire was a 90-year tradition at Texas A&M until 1999, when an unfinished stack of logs collapsed, killing 12 and injuring 27. 

Aggies marked the anniversary of the Bonfire collapse with a ceremony at the Bonfire Memorial this morning at 2:42 -- the time the stack fell Nov. 18, 1999. 

Amanda Chow, a 21-year-old Texas A&M special education major, looks Tuesday at the photos and other relics that make up the Bonfire Remembrance Exhibit on display in Rudder Exhibit Hall. Thursday will mark the 11th anniversary of the Aggie Bonfire collapse, which killed 12 and injured 27…

The 22-year-old animal science major said it was an honor to receive her degree with her family in the audience at Reed Arena. 

Only dedication can explain being up at that hour on that field. In 1999, the love of Aggie Bonfire fueled those working on the unfinished 59-foot stack of logs symbolizing the school's "burning desire" to beat the Longhorns. 

A $1.8 million investigation into the deadly bonfire collapse a decade ago attached two critical descriptions to Texas A&M, accusing it of having tunnel vision and a cultural bias that allowed the disaster to unfold. 

Struck by the magnitude of the deaths of 12 of his fellow Aggies and the injuries of 27 more, Jeff Whiting felt that he needed to do something as he wandered across campus 10 years ago Wednesday. 

Those of us of a certain age remember where they were when Pearl Harbor was attacked or when they heard the news that World War II was over. 

“Most of the people here today didn’t know the victims,” said student John Roddy Pace, a junior mechanical engineering major. “But just that they were students at the university means a lot to everyone.” 

Texas A&M events scheduled for the 10th anniversary of the Aggie Bonfire collapse: 

An estimated 70 students were working on the Aggie Bonfire before dawn on a weeknight in 1999. It was the last week of construction before it would be lit in front of 70,000 people. 

As a group of Texas A&M students hoist 25-foot logs, several wearing yellow helmets -- or pots -- bark orders at them, while their bosses -- distinguishable by their red pots -- monitor the scene. 

John Comstock drew a few stares as he sat inside the entrance of Bonfire Memorial on Tuesday, the eve of the 10th anniversary of the collapse. 

In a dimly lit building off a remote road on the Texas A&M campus sit thousands of boxes containing the heart and soul of the university's history. 

The difference between the two groups, of course, is that the parents lost a loved one who can't be replaced; the other lost a coveted tradition that served as an activity for three months out of the year. 

A candlelight vigil at 2:42 a.m. Nov. 18 -- the 10-year anniversary of the deadly collapse of bonfire -- will culminate a weeklong remembrance of the event, officials said Tuesday.

Jamie Lynn Hand would have turned 29 this weekend. She remains, however, frozen in memory at the age of 19, her age when she died in the collapse of Bonfire at Texas A&M University.

The Texas Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case to determine whether Texas A&M can be found partially responsible for the deadly 1999 bonfire collapse after a civil lawsuit brought by some victims against a construction company made its way to the high court.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will not hear a case filed by the mother of an Aggie Bonfire victim who said the injuries her son sustained in the deadly 1999 collapse damaged their relationship.

Texas A&M University has many rich traditions, probably more than any other university in the country. They are part of what makes the school such a great place.

Seven years after then-A&M University President Ray Bowen made the heartbreaking decision to indefinitely suspend Aggie Bonfire , the issue appears to be back on the table.

A $2.1 million settlement was announced Tuesday between Texas A&M and several families of those killed and injured when a bonfire collapsed almost nine years ago. The announcement did not state how the funds would be disbursed.

Lawyers have agreed in principle to a settlement between the Texas A&M University System and families of victims of the 1999 bonfire collapse, but the details won't be released until Tuesday.

The money will be split among the injured victims and families of several Aggies killed in the disaster who are represented in a nearly 9-year-old lawsuit against the university.

The lawsuit likely will be officially settled at a hearing in the 361st District Court in the Brazos County Courthouse on Tuesday morning, according to system Chancellor Mike McKinney.

The Texas A&M University System regents on Monday are expected to consider approving a settlement in a civil case filed by several families of Aggies who died or were injured when Bonfire collapsed almost nine years ago.

Janice and Tim Kerlee Sr. walked around the Texas A&M Bonfire Memorial on Sunday evening, saying "we'll see you later" to the 12 Aggies -- including their son -- who died after the 1999 collapse on campus.

In a ruling delivered Wednesday, the 10th Court of Appeals upheld an earlier judgment by 361st District Judge Steve Smith that representatives of four students killed and three others injured in the collapse could bring suit against the administrators.

A newly published book about American monuments will feature a six-page section on the Bonfire Memorial at Texas A&M University.

A federal lawsuit concerning the Texas A&M bonfire collapse was dismissed for a third time Tuesday - this time by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Last week at this time, everything was quiet. We went about our normal business, unaware of the horror that Monday would bring. A week that would see the 12th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing on Thursday and the eighth anniversary of the terrible day at Columbine High School on Frida…

Mothers can be fiercely protective of their children, no matter how old their sons or daughters might be. They spend the first 18 or 20 years of their children's life preparing them to leave the nest, to become productive adults.

The mother of bonfire survivor John Comstock - known for devoting her life to taking care of her son following the 1999 collapse - died - suddenly this week.

It's been nearly seven years since Texas A&M University's bonfire disaster, and a resolution to the mammoth lawsuit filed by dozens of victims and their families likely won't come anytime soon.

District Judge Steve Smith on Wednesday dismissed one of the bonfire injury cases based on a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that parents can't recover damages for themselves as a result of injuries their child sustained.

Testimony in the Bonfire lawsuit now is scheduled to begin in late September, District Judge Steve Smith told a crowd of attorneys Tuesday during a pre-trial hearing. 

An off-campus bonfire struggled for life before illuminating the sky Saturday night while thousands of Aggies cheered it on at a mud-slopped site in rural Brazos County.

The insurance companies of 25 former Texas A&M University students will be paying a combined $4.25 million in exchange for being dropped from a Bonfire-related lawsuit, attorneys said Friday. 

Hundreds of Aggies have been working into the night for weeks to build an off-campus bonfire in Brazos County — continuing an effort, they say, to keep the Texas A&M University tradition alive.

The faces of the 12 Aggies whose lives were cut short by the Bonfire collapse five years ago remain etched in the mind of artist Erik Christianson.

Thousands are expected to converge Thursday on Texas A&M University’s Polo Fields to dedicate a memorial honoring the 12 Aggies killed five years ago when Bonfire collapsed.

An entire graduating class of students has come and gone since the 1999 Bonfire collapse, most never having seen the massive log structure burn on the Texas A&M University campus.

A simple metal marker sits where Centerpole, the spine of Aggie Bonfire, once jutted from the ground 60 or more feet into the sky. Next to the marker, someone has placed a lone white pot — the helmet worn by those who toiled every fall semester to build the mammoth structure.

It’s the tradition that, for many, still symbolizes everything that is great about Texas A&M University — the sheer commitment and spirit that binds Aggies.

As friends and loved ones of those who died during the Bonfire collapse descend Thursday on Texas A&M University’s Polo Fields for the memorial unveiling, at least one family member won’t be able to make it. 

The head of the architecture firm that designed the Bonfire Memorial at Texas A&M University will present an overview of the project at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Rudder Theater. 

With a dozen rectangular portals and 27 granite stones already forming its circular perimeter, the Bonfire Memorial has begun to take shape on Texas A&M University’s Polo Fields.

The Bonfire Coalition, a group that aims to safely return the defunct Aggie tradition to Texas A&M University, will be on campus Thursday and Friday collecting food for charity.

With the Bonfire tradition banished from Texas A&M University in the wake of the 1999 collapse that killed 12 Aggies, some students and alumni are offering time, money and firewood to keep student-built bonfires going off campus.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released a statement saying a press release issued recently was wrong to criticize the emergency response to the 1999 Bonfire collapse at Texas A&M University.

A remembrance ceremony and other activities marking the fourth anniversary of the Bonfire collapse at Texas A&M University will begin Monday and continue Tuesday.

As the fourth anniversary of the Texas A&M University Bonfire collapse approaches, students and alumni continue a dual effort to restore the tradition to the A&M campus while keeping it alive on their own.

Texas A&M President Robert Gates said Wednesday that he won’t let Bonfire burn on campus while lawsuits stemming from a deadly 1999 collapse remain unresolved.

Under the illumination of generator-driven flood lights, Texas Aggies are chopping, sawing and stacking away in what they consider a “last-ditch effort” to save a beloved tradition.

Several Aggie groups have teamed up for the third annual Everybody Bleeds Maroon Blood Drive to memorialize victims of the 1999 Texas A&M Bonfire collapse.

As daylight faded and gave way to night on the Texas A&M University campus Sunday, several thousands of people made their way to the Polo Fields to remember the 1999 Bonfire collapse.

Officials at a Magnolia golf course have announced plans to burn a bonfire next month, as Texas A&M University’s beloved fall tradition remains on hiatus for a third year.

Texas A&M University has recognized a new pro-Bonfire student group, making it the first on-campus organization with the mission of reviving the defunct tradition.

Two more men injured in 1999 Bonfire collapse at Texas A&M University have refiled their lawsuits in state court after the claims were thrown out of federal court.

The family of one of the Bonfire collapse victims Thursday described a proposed agreement between the only state agency investigating the tragedy and Texas A&M University as a “backroom deal.”

Funding for a Bonfire memorial and a School of Rural Public Health building cleared the first hurdle Thursday when a committee of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approved allocations for both projects.

If Bonfire ever resumes at Texas A&M University, officials will ensure that a licensed professional engineer designs and oversees it, according to a proposed agreement between the school and the state board of engineers. 

The first of several wrongful death lawsuits stemming from the 1999 Bonfire collapse that were ordered transferred to Brazos County was assigned Monday to Judge J.D. Langley’s 85th District Court.

Top Texas A&M University administrators should not be dismissed from federal lawsuits in the 1999 Bonfire collapse because they deliberately placed students in harm’s way, according to a recent court petition.

Fort Worth lawyer Darrell Keith said Tuesday he asked a judge to drop Texas A&M University from Jacki Self’s Bonfire-related lawsuit to prevent the university from settling before trial.

Fort Worth lawyer Darrell Keith said Tuesday he asked a judge to drop Texas A&M University from Jacki Self’s Bonfire -related lawsuit to prevent the university from settling before trial.

The mother of one of 12 Aggies killed in the 1999 Bonfire collapse has filed a wrongful death lawsuit accusing Texas A&M University, four administrators and 15 student leaders of negligence and “other wrongful conduct” that contributed to the death of her son.

The committee charged with retooling Texas A&M University’s Bonfire for 2002 plans to solicit firms interested in designing the project shortly after Jan. 1, officials said Thursday.

Family and friends celebrated the lives of the Aggies who died in last year’s Bonfire collapse Saturday afternoon as College Station and Texas A&M University unveiled memorials to the 12 killed and 27 injured.

Saturday was another painful point in a string of special events — including holidays, birthdays and family get-togethers — for Kenny and Carolyn Adams. It was one year earlier that the Texas A&M University Bonfire collapse killed their daughter, 19-year-old Miranda Denise Adams, and 11 …

Nate Atkinson, now a 20-year-old junior mechanical engineering major, described himself as “very lucky” because he didn’t suffer any injuries in the collapse.

A mood of quiet respect cloaked Texas A&M University early Saturday as family members and friends filed in to pay their respects to the 12 Aggies who died while building last year’s Bonfire.

Texas A&M University sophomore Erin Delcarson remembers following a police car as it sped down University Drive toward the Bonfire site one year ago this morning.

The tragedy of the Bonfire collapse returns unexpectedly for Texas A&M University President Ray Bowen, mostly during times he’s alone. Nighttime strolls across campus and road trips are when Bowen finds himself most vulnerable to the emotions and pressures of the past year.

In the middle of the perimeter on the Polo Fields, a man-made structure waited to be lighted, to become the focus of a ceremony that few would forget.

It started as a simple flame in the midst of the Aggie family and spread into a blanket of tiny, flickering lights.

Throughout its 124 years, Texas A&M University has weathered major change. But never had a tragedy with such long-reaching implications struck campus before Nov. 18, 1999, when Bonfire collapsed.

The mournful sounds of a bagpiper’s Amazing Grace echoed across campus before dawn Saturday as friends and family paid tribute to the 12 Aggies killed in the Bonfire collapse a year ago.

Twelve scholarship funds have been established at Texas A&M University in memory of the Aggies killed in the 1999 Bonfire collapse: 

Including Aggies in the process of planning for Bonfire 2002 is the main goal of the six committees in charge of redeveloping the tradition, members said Thursday.