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Opinion

April 3, 2013

Renaming highway a good move

Renaming the portion of U.S. 62 that leads to the Fort Gibson National Cemetery is a great way to honor those who were willing to fight for all of us.

The Fort Gibson Board of Trustees recently voted to ask the state Legislature to rename Teddy Lehman Expressway to Veteran’s Memorial Highway.

The request was added to a transportation bill that is making its way through the state Legislature.

That part of U.S. 62 is named for Teddy Lehman, a former football star who played for the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the Detroit Lions.

Lehman, one of the more prominent former citizens of Fort Gibson, is in favor of the name change.

The proposed change to Veteran’s Memorial Highway is a positive move for all involved.

For a town to even have a national cemetery is a big deal.

There are 131 national cemeteries in 39 states — only two in Oklahoma.

Fort Gibson’s cemetery has two Medal of Honor Recipients — Pfc. John N. Reese Jr., (World War II) and 1st Lt. Jack C. Montgomery, (World War II).

Changing the name of the highway will further honor those men and women to which we owe our very freedom.

We can’t do enough to highlight their service to our country.

Fort Gibson

National Cemetery

ADDRESS: 1423 Cemetery Road.

PHONE: (918) 478-2334 or 9825.

FAX: (918) 478- 2661.

OFFICE HOURS: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Closed federal holidays except Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

VISITATION HOURS: Open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset.

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