Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Remembering the 12.

I'll never forget where I was 10 years ago today. I was home from work with a stomach bug that day, but what I saw on TV made me heartsick. That was the day of the A&M bonfire collapse, and I along with many other Texans followed the news on local TV stations all day long.

In the days that followed, it was touching to see how the two rivals pulled together in tragedy. UT students donated blood in droves. The Aggie War Hymn was even played from the UT Tower during a memorial ceremony! Through our sorrow, we were united as Texans, not as Aggies and Longhorns.

This was never more evident than at the football game when the Longhorn Band performed a most unusual halftime show:

Among Aggies there's a lot of talk about bringing bonfire back to campus. Governor Perry, the former redpot, has even said it'll happen sooner rather than later. I'll let Aggies debate that one. As a teasip, my role is just to say how very sorry I am that those 12 Aggies died 10 years ago, and how sad I am, still, for their families.

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