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bring Aggie Bonfire back to campus

I graduated from Texas A&M in December 1999 and was there when Bonfire collapsed, killing 12 and injuring 27. It was a horrible tragedy. The campus joined in one spirit like I'd never seen before. I'll never forget going to the funeral of Tim Kerlee, who was caught in the collapse. He was reported as saying, "don't worry about me," and pointed rescuers to the sounds of those who were trapped underneath. I'll never forget the football team cancelling practices to move the tree trunks that once served as the base of Bonfire. Or Jeff Whiting who laid down his Aggie ring in front of the flagpole, in honor of those who would never be able to wear the ring. One by one, others did the same thing, until there were 34 in all. We need to bring that fire back; the physical burning fire that represents the ongoing fire of the twelfth man. Should you choose to donate money to a worthy institution, I have chosen St. Jude's in Memphis, Tennessee, in honor of Tim Kerlee's hometown of Germantown, Tennessee. Gig 'em Ags.

1. Aggie Bonfire unites Aggies