Thursday, April 17, 2008

Quilt Square: Texas A&M Bonfire










I just received two beautiful quilt square from Joan of "momomadeit.etsy.com." Both of which are very meaningful. Joan choose "The Texas A&M Bonfire Tragedy" as one of her squares. I don't know how many of you remember that terrible tragedy at the Texas A & M University on Nov. 18, 1999. What was a century old tradition at the University, the erection of almost 4,000 logs about 12' each and reaching a total height of 40' to be set afire the night before their biggest football game. The finished pile, erected by the students, collasped while about 70 students were standing on top of the logs, killing 13 students and critically injuring over 40 other students. As one student said, "The sadness is unbelievable." This was truly a tragic event in our history shocking many. This quilt square also has some special meaning to Joan, her son was a student at Texas A & M at the time of this tragedy. She even feared that he might be among one of the students, luckily though he wasn't. Her daughter is also just graduating from there. So she really has a connection to this subject that she choose.
Joan's other contribution for the "Triumph" is a call for all to remember that in order to save the earth, we need to begin to save energy.

1 comment:

Jill said...

I remember when that happened. I was living near Austin at that time. It was a great shock. That bonfire was a special tradition--something everyone lookded forward to every year.