Aggies Gather For 23rd Annual Bonfire Remembrance
Thousands gathered early Friday morning on the grassy berm surrounding the Bonfire Memorial’s glowing Spirit Ring to honor the lives of the 12 Aggies who died during the Nov. 18, 1999 Bonfire collapse.
The Remembrance Ceremony began at 2:42 a.m., the time when the tragedy was reported to emergency crews 23 years ago. Golden light illuminated the Bonfire Memorial’s 12 portals, each featuring the likeness of the Aggie it honors.
Students, former students and members of the Bryan-College Station community stood silently in the darkness during a reading of “The Last Corps Trip.” They gave a response of “here” after the names of each late Aggie was called: Miranda Denise Adams ’02, Christopher D. Breen ’96, Michael Stephen Ebanks ’03, Jeremy Richard Frampton ’99, Jamie Lynn Hand ’03, Christopher Lee Heard ’03, Timothy Doran Kerlee, Jr. ’03, Lucas John Kimmel ’03, Bryan A. McClain ’02, Chad A. Powell ’03, Jerry Don Self ’01, Nathan Scott West ’02.