It's been three years since a car crashed into a crowd of fans at the OSU homecoming parade killing 4 people. Friday night, the university will dedicate a 'Stillwater Strong' memorial to honor those victims.
News On 6's Julia Benbrook was actually there the day of the crash.
She remembers how scary and how sad it was but also how quickly everyone jumped into action to help and comfort each other.
Those actions are how the name Stillwater Strong came about. Everyone jumped in and worked to rebuild this community.
Friday's ceremony will honor the more than 50 injured as well as the four lives lost that day; Bonnie and Marvin Stone, Nikita Nakal, and Nash Lucas.
The memorial features a six-foot-tall handcrafted alloy ribbon in orange and blue and there will be five tiles that will be revealed, one for each of the victims who lost their lives and the extra is to explain the purpose behind the Stillwater Strong effort.
President Burns Hargis said in a statement that this memorial provides a lasting tribute to the victims of the parade tragedy; an event that brought the Stillwater community together like never before.
Some of Friday’s speakers include President Hargis, Stillwater Mayor Will Joyce, Kyle Eastman from the Stillwater leadership class, and Debbie Thomas from the Stillwater Community Foundation.
After Friday's ceremony, the memorial will be lit up at night and open to visitors at any time.