Story by Sgt. Christopher Bruce, Public Affairs Office, Oklahoma National Guard
The University of Oklahoma’s Memorial Stadium is one of the loudest football venues in the country. Sooner fans love their crimson and cream and anyone within a mile of the hallowed field knows when the Sooners are playing well. But right before the contest against Notre Dame last Saturday, the sold out crowd wasn’t screaming for their football heroes, they were cheering the Soldiers in camouflage and the red, white and blue.
Some 270 Oklahoma Army National Guardsmen displayed one of the nation’s largest flags with the assistance of several cadets from OU’s ROTC program. When the fans saw the Soldiers and soon to be Soldiers with the flag, the crowd rose to its feet and responded with a deafening ovation.
The flag, which spans an entire football field, was displayed from the back of the north end zone to the south end 10-yard line. The only space of the field remaining was for the OU band in the south end zone.
While the flag was displayed on the field, the crowd sang The National Anthem and fireworks exploded when the crowd reached ‘the bombs bursting in air.’