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A day of remembrance, a day of unity

M. Katherine Banks

November 18, 2022

Today is an important day of remembrance, reflection and unity. A day that is forever embedded in Texas A&M's history.

Our university changed at 2:42 a.m. on Nov. 18, 1999 with the collapse of the Bonfire stack. Eleven students and one former student tragically lost their lives, and 27 others were injured.

Today, Aggies across the world honor the fallen 12 whose spirits will forever live in our hearts and eternally be remembered on our campus.

We all answer "here" for Miranda Adams, Christopher Breen, Michael Ebanks, Jeremy Frampton, Jamie Hand, Christopher Heard, Timothy Kerlee Jr., Lucas Kimmel, Bryan McClain, Chad Powell, Jerry Self and Nathan West.

As we honor these Aggies, let's unite and recommit to living our core values. Aggies lead, serve selflessly and embody integrity, excellence, loyalty and respect. This is the Aggie way.

We will never forget.


M. Katherine Banks
President, Texas A&M University