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Aggies Gather For 23rd Annual Bonfire Remembrance

The solemn ceremony honored the 12 Aggies killed in the 1999 Bonfire collapse.
Photos by Laura McKenzie, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications November 18, 2022

Three rectangular portals are illuminated in golden light. A cadet stands in each, while people surround the memorial in the darkness.
Images from the 23rd Bonfire Remembrance Ceremony on the Texas A&M campus Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.

Laura McKenzie/Texas A&M Division of Marketing & Communications


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.

Cadets holding candles in the dark stand guard in front of the portals.

A cadet stands inside a portal holding a candle. The likeness of a fallen Aggie is visible engraved inside the portal.

A silhouette of a cadet's profile standing in front of a portal, with the image of a fallen Aggie in the background on the side of a portal.

The crowd at the Bonfire ceremony holding small glowing candles in the darkness.

People in silhouette standing in front of a wall engraved with the poem "The Last Corps Trip."

A cadet standing in darkness, lit only by the light from the candle he holds in his hands.

Wide view of the Bonfire Memorial and the Spirit Ring. A crowd stands in the darkness on the grass berm, and the portals and Spirit Ring glow below them.

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