When Miami Mayor Brent Brassfield uncoiled a rope securing the patriotic veil, it took only seconds for Miami’s newest resident to show her face.
A centennial clock, already beaming, was presented Saturday in a brief ceremony just prior to the Miami Christmas parade as the Northeast Oklahoma A&M College band broke into “Oklahoma!” and a crowd of onlookers clapped and sang.
The four-sided time piece — purchased through the efforts of the Oklahoma Centennial Commission, Miami Main Street Inc. and the state Legislature — is reminiscent of Oklahoma’s birth year by design. However, it also stands as a reminder of Miami’s establishment in 1891.
Brassfield expressed his appreciation of the efforts to bring an added since of “charm” and “class” to Miami’s downtown area.
“There is a lot happening downtown and this is a great addition,” Brassfield said. “We are lucky as a community to have this.”
The 12-foot clock stands at the corner of Main and Second streets, marking the north entrance to downtown.
State Sen. Charles Wyrick and state Rep. Larry Glenn were on hand as former state Rep. Larry Roberts — now president of Miami Main Street Inc. — gathered the crowd for the unveiling.
“This is a new legacy for Miami,” Roberts said. “We just celebrated 100 years as a state and with this clock we celebrate that. But, we also hope that this clock will carry Miami through another 100 years.”