1977 - Mark Stansberry
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
The White House hosted an official Oklahoma Centennial
delegation which included congressional representatives and officials from the
Oklahoma Centennial Commission.
A proclamation signed by President Bush was read at the
event. OC alumnus and trustee, Mark Stansberry, is pictured here with Blake
Wade (Executive Director of the Oklahoma Centennial Commission), Congressman
Tom Cole, Congresswoman Mary Fallin, Congressman Frank Lucas, and Janet
Eissenstat (White House Official) singing "Oklahoma" as they prepare
to cut the cake at a White House reception honoring Oklahoma's Centennial.
Blake Wade, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Centennial
Commission, served as master of ceremonies and Mark A. Stansberry served as
Congressman Tom Cole, Frank Lucas, and Congresswoman Mary
Fallin made remarks. Staff members were present from all of Oklahoma's
"Oklahoma is the State of Excellence for the 21st
Century. Our state is going to continue to make a global impact throughout the
years ahead. It is great to be a part of this event and to be an
Oklahoman!" stated Stansberry, event chair.
The Proclamation from the President reads as follows:
"I send greetings to those celebrating the
Centennial of Oklahoma's Statehood.
The State of Oklahoma took shape as many in our Nation
looked to the frontier of the American West for new opportunities. These daring
pioneers helped define the spirit of Oklahoma and the great character of our
country: sturdy and honest, and as hopeful as the break of day. People of all
backgrounds have been proud to call Oklahoma their home, and they have
contributed to its rich heritage. The hard work, innovation, and strength of
these fine Americans has helped to ensure that their State continues to be a
place of opportunity and progress.
For generations, Oklahomans have demonstrated the very
best of our Nation and have helped build a brighter future for all Americans.
This milestone is a special time to celebrate the history of Oklahoma and the
remarkable achievements of its citizens. November 16, 1907, is a proud moment
for the people of Oklahoma and for our Nation.
Laura and I send our best wishes on this historic occasion.
May God bless the people of the great State of Oklahoma, may God bless
The ceremony, attended by around 100, closed with the
singing of “Oklahoma!” and the cutting of a cake which read "Happy