Auburn Fans Gather to Watch the Trees Come Down

Auburn Fans Gather to Watch the Trees Come Down

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AUBURN, Ala. -

It's the day many have been dreading. The Toomer's Oaks are no longer standing on their corner. Instead, it's a bare sight to see. Stumps replace the trees that were there for 130 years.

"It's sad. There's so much tradition. I know me personally I spent a lot of time here as a student, my wife and I spent time here," says the Voice of the Auburn Tigers and Auburn Professor Ric Smith.

Crews began the unfortunate task of cutting down the trees around 7 o'clock Tuesday morning.

Students, faculty, and alumni all watching with sad eyes and heavy hearts.

"The somber tone around here right now is pretty amazing," Auburn student Greg St. Claire said.

Someone with more memories to count is Edna Christmas.

"I feel sad that they're coming down," she said as she watched the crew members

She may be 100 years old, but that didn't stop her from bundling up early Tuesday morning at Toomer's as she reflected on all the times she's been.

Her favorite memory?

"Wrapping the trees has always been fun.. Cause that meant we won!"

Her daughter, also named Edna, seemed to be taking this a little more to heart.

"It's a bit like coming to a funeral so to speak. It's sort of like I wanted to be with the trees to the end, support them at the finish. So, this is like the last thing I can do for the trees so to speak," she said.

Others say although Tuesday was a tough one, they believe everything's going to be ok.

"The tree may be gone. But we still got our pride," said long-time Auburn resident Valerie Davis.

Toomer's Corner may be missing two cherished pieces tonight, but according to Auburn fans, they'll always be "All Auburn all In."

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