STILLWATER, Okla -- It's been a year since the OSU homecoming parade tragedy.
But the sights and sounds from that horrific day still assault the senses of many Cowboys' fans. Resident, Debbie Kirby said, "I have memories of the sounds. The news clips we kept hearing. I think it's important to be there to support homecoming to keep it going."
City officials estimate 80,000 OSU alumni will return to Stillwater for the 2016 OSU Homecoming Celebration. Safety is priority number 1."
City Manager Norman McNickle released THIS statement.
"Stillwater is fortunate to have dedicated, hard-working professionals who make sure events like homecoming are as safe as possible. Public safety officials will be making some adjustments for this year`s event I decline to share those operational details."
Resident, Diane Fix told us, "Anytime you can do things to add more security, and to make people at peace. Homecoming is such a tradition and people look forward to and people want to keep it the way it is. If there are things we can do make it better, absolutely Back this year? Absolutely. I wouldn't miss it. "
Chris and Kim Risener are lifelong OSU fans. And they have no intention of letting an act of violence ruin "America's Greatest Homecoming." They told us, "We are Oklahomans. We always pull together. That's our nature. It doesn't matter what university. Born and bred here."
Stillwater is no strangers to tragedy. They know how to pull together when times are tough.
And OSU is encouraging folks to download the Orange Shield App to report any suspicious activity.