The Cowboy Family Remembers Parade Victims
2016 Grand Marshall
Sun, Oct 2, 2016
The OSU Alumni Association has announced Stillwater’s first responders will serve as grand marshals of OSU Homecoming 2016: ‘A Cowboy Dream.’
“One of the greatest privileges of presenting Homecoming every year is extending the honor to a deserving person or group of being the Homecoming Grand Marshal,” said Chris Batchelder, OSU Alumni Association president and CEO. “As we set about the challenging task of deciding upon this year's honoree, the Alumni Association and Homecoming Executive Team thought it would be a perfect time for the OSU and Stillwater communities to say ‘thank you’ to the first responders who a year ago selflessly and quickly performed actions that saved lives and prevented further injury.”
Representatives from LifeNet, the National Guard, OSU Army ROTC, the OSU Police Department, Payne County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Stillwater Emergency Management, the Stillwater Police and Fire departments, and Stillwater Medical Center will all lead this year’s Sea of Orange Parade as grand marshals the morning of October 29.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be selected along with my peers to be grand marshals,” said Rob Hill, Stillwater Emergency Management director. “Recognizing first responders, especially in this situation, recharges their spirit. Most first responders will be embarrassed to be honored, but it’s good for them to know people care for them and recognize the job they do.”
Representatives from the nine organizations will also be on field during the halftime of the West Virginia vs. OSU football game to be recognized and present the Homecoming awards.
“In true Cowboy spirit, we are rebuilding and moving forward while also remembering those who are no longer with us,” Batchelder said. “Homecoming is a cherished tradition at Oklahoma State, and we know this year’s events will be significant for all involved.”
OSU’s Homecoming is presented each year by the OSU Alumni Association and nationally recognized as “America’s Greatest Homecoming Celebration.” The event returns tens of thousands of proud alumni to Stillwater during the fall to partake in the festivities and reconnect with their alma mater. Homecoming 2016: ‘A Cowboy Dream’ is October 20-29 and is sponsored by Phillips 66.