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1977 - Mark Stansberry

Tuesday, November 6, 2007  
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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 event chairman.

Congressman Tom Cole, Frank Lucas, and Congresswoman Mary Fallin made remarks. Staff members were present from all of Oklahoma's Congressional Delegation.

"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 America."

The ceremony, attended by around 100, closed with the singing of “Oklahoma!” and the cutting of a cake which read "Happy Birthday Oklahoma!"

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