I will never forget that day. That was the worst/best week of my life. The night that bonfire was supposed to burn was the most amazing experience anyone could ever witness. An estimated 70,000 people went to the site at Dawn, all carrying lit candles. At 8, all 70,000 walked across campus to Kyle Field for Yell Practice. I didn't think I'd be able to bring myself to yell that night, and yet I've never yelled so loud in my life. Just seeing Kyle Field 80-90% Full for Yell should just tell you what it meant to us all. (see pic in link)
Next time anyone is near College Station, no matter what you're feelings for the school are, I implore you to visit the Bonfire Memorial. Read all twelve biographies of the fallen, and you'll feel like you just meet 12 friends.
The effect it had on this Great State was huge. I have such respect for those ol' t-sips for everything they did to help us in our greef. The Longhorn Band showed real class with their Halftime show at the game.
Originally Posted by gonzo'syellow4.6
very sad....have they brought that thing back yet....you know with the supervision of some engineers and stuff
Students have Successfully had off campus Bonfire since 2001 with the all OSHA safety regulations. I went to the 2001, 2002, and 2003 Bonfire's. While it's not the same having to park, and walk out in BFE, it still brings the aggies out by the Thousands. At the 2003 Bonfire, they were going to light it at 30 after dusk, but then after spraying the jet fuel on it, someone came on the loud speaker and said they were going to delay it because there were an estimated 10,000 people waiting at the Mall where they were running a Shuttle. When it came time to light it, because all the fuel had soaked in, that bitch went up in a Mushroom Cloud of Flames. I think that was the moment that I finally came to terms with it being "THE BONFIRE" again. They will be having Bonfire this Saturday at 30 after (If the NTN Show wasn't going on, I'd go down to BCS for it). www.studentbonfire.com
I've know the Ebanks for a very long time. They live across the street from my parents house, and they go to our Church. Michael and I were in Boy Scouts together. We were never the type of friends to talk everyday, but we were casual friends. His Parents are absolutly amazing!!!! They're the only parents who HAVE NOT SUED THE SCHOOL. Why? Because as they say "It wasn't the School's Fault, and it won't bring Michael back." They've lost both of their son's, Michaels older brother died 5 years before him, and they're stronger people because of it I believe. I absolutly love both of them, and I give them a hug everytime I see them, either outside the house, or at church. They're the greatest.