1999 Aggie Bonfire collapse

Even though most of Texas A&M’s current students weren't old enough to remember the tragic Aggie Bonfire collapse in 1999, the tradition of honoring the 12 who died lives on 16 years later.

The Texas A&M Traditions Council is hosting a Bonfire Remembrance ceremony at 2:42 a.m. Wednesday morning to honor the 11 students and one former student who died Nov. 18, 1999. Despite the recent storms and light flash-flooding, the group said the ceremony will still take place as scheduled at the Bonfire Memorial site on A&M’s campus.

Rebecca Lancaster, a traditions council member in the class of 2019, said the annual ceremony endures because of the school’s history of embracing tradition.

“It perpetuates the Aggie spirit, and every time you take a trip out there you experience the passion that goes into being an Aggie and just how much the Aggie spirit those 12 people embodied,” Lancaster said.

Five years after the collapse, the Bonfire memorial was dedicated on its exact location.

“The importance of this event is hard to put into words,” Lancaster said.

To review The Eagle's archives on Bonfire, go here.

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