Oklahoma City honored Yoko Ono for spending her new year with them by proclaiming December 31st to be “Yoko-lahoma City Day.”
Below is the text of the official proclamation. It was read by Flaming Lips manager Scott Booker during the band’s set last night:
“WHEREAS, The City of Oklahoma City seeks new and innovative approaches to attracting a young and vibrant creative class; and
WHEREAS, international recording artist, visual artist and cultural icon Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band are joining Oklahoma City’s Flaming Lips for the band’s annual New Year’s Eve concert; and
WHEREAS, Yoko Ono is well known for her philanthropy, most recently, hosting a benefit concert to aid in the relief efforts for earthquake and tsunami-ravaged Japan; and
WHEREAS, the Flaming Lips have brought international attention to Oklahoma City are are composers of “Do You Realize,” the state’s official rock song; and
WHEREAS, Yoko Ono could have celebrated New Year’s Eve at Times Square near her New York City home — or anywhere in the world — but chose to welcome 2012 in the City of Oklahoma City,
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MICK CORNETT, mayor of The City of Oklahoma City, do hereby proclaim December 31, 2011 as “Yoko-lahama City” Day in the City of Oklahama City.
Given under my hand and the Seal of The City of Oklahoma City this 30th day of December, 2011.
Mayor Mick Cornett”