WALTERS — The renaming of a Cotton County roadway in honor of the Comanche Code Talkers will take place today with a ceremony and reception.

The intersection of U.S. 277 and Oklahoma 5 will be renamed Comanche Code Talker Trail Way during a ceremony at 10 a.m. near the intersection.

The ceremony will include an introduction by Kevin Pohawpatchoko, remarks by Walters Mayor Roberta Ellis, and speeches by Rep. Ton Hasenbeck and Comanche Nation Chairman William Nelson Sr. Members of the Comanche Business Committee will offer remarks before the unveiling of the road sign. Lloyd Heminokeky will offer the blessing, followed by the Comanche Code Talker Song. George Red Elk and his descendants will place sand from Utah Beach at the location before Pohawpatchoko’s closing remarks.

A reception will follow at the Walters Comanche Community Center. The Comanche Red River Hotel Casino will provide refreshments. The public is welcome.

All wishing to attend can meet at 8 a.m. at the Comanche Nation Casino parking lot, 402 SE Interstate Drive, near the old tourism building, to ride the Comanche Nation Transit buses to the events. The buses leave at 8:30 a.m. There is no charge. Drop-off will be at the casino.

Written by Scott Rains: srains@swoknews.com.

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