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Aggie Bonfire

Aggie Bonfire was a long-standing tradition at Texas A&M University as part of the college rivalry with the University of Texas at Austin. For 90 years, Texas A&M students—known as Aggies—built and burned a bonfire on campus each autumn. Known to the Aggie community simply as "Bonfire", it was traditionally lit around Thanksgiving in conjunction with festivities surrounding the annual college football game against the University of Texas. Over the years the bonfire grew to an immense size, setting the world record in 1969. On November 18, 1999 at 2:42 am, Bonfire collapsed during construction, killing twelve people - eleven students and one former student - and injuring twenty-seven others. 

 

In 2014, BUILD embarked on a three-year project to construct and dedicate 12 Texas Aggie Medical Clinics in honor of the 12 fallen Aggies at Bonfire.

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In remembrance of these 12 fallen Aggies

Jerry Don Self '01

Chad A. Powell '03

Jamie Lynn Hand '03

Bryan A. McClain '02

Lucas John Kimmel '03

Nathan Scott West '02

Christopher Lee Heard '03

Christopher D. Breen '96

Miranda Denise Adams '02

Jeremy Richard Frampton '99

Michael Stephen Ebanks '03

Timothy Doran Kerlee Jr '03