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Texas Honors ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle

Chris Kyle American Sniper

Two years after Chris Kyle’s death, the retired Navy SEAL depicted in the blockbuster movie “American Sniper” was honored by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who signed a proclamation declaring Feb. 2 “Chris Kyle Day” in Texas. Flags statewide flew at half-staff Monday in recognition of Kyle’s honor.

Chris Kyle American Sniper
Two years after Chris Kyle’s death, the retired Navy SEAL depicted in the blockbuster movie “American Sniper” was honored by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who declared Feb. 2 to be “Chris Kyle Day.”

Abbott said, “As governor, I am proclaiming this to be Chris Kyle Day, but in doing so, as Chris would have it, we are also recognizing every man and woman who has ever worn the uniform of the United States Military.” Kyle was reputed to be the deadliest sniper in American history. For more details on his military career and the book that inspired the movie, read these previous Shooter’s Log articles on Kyle:

Abbott called Kyle “the face of a legion of warriors who have led the mightiest military in the history of the world.” Kyle had the most confirmed kills in military history. He and neighbor Chad Littlefield were shot and killed at a North Texas gun range in 2013.

Accused in their deaths is former Marine Eddie Ray Routh. Kyle and Littlefield were trying to help Routh, who was hospitalized for mental illnesses, including post-traumatic stress disorder.

For more details about Kyle’s family and passing, read these previous Shooter’s Log articles on Kyle:

Chris and Taya
Chris and his wife Taya. Photo by Chris Kyle.

An effort is underway to make Chris Kyle Day an annual event.

Last week, Kyle’s widow spoke to legislators at a private screening of “American Sniper” at the Texas Capitol. She praised peer counseling such as the Military Veteran Peer Network, one of several assistance programs that the Texas Veterans Commission hopes will receive more state funding this year.

Gov. Abbott had signaled his intention to honor Kyle at a recent Texans Veterans of Foreign Affairs (VFW) Mid-Winter Convention, where he outlined his plan to improve infrastructure, job training, educational opportunities and healthcare access for Texas veterans and military families.

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Comments (6)

  1. mr kyle is the example of our fighting men and women. they serve, they suffer, they bleed… but that red that makes up the color on our flag NEVER runs…he sacrificed alot to serve his country. so i say god bless him and all our brave warriors who keep this country free… rest in peace chris…..

  2. The reason why Kyle is so revered is because his VALUES resonate with a large part of America.We are hungering for a leader with strength and conviction-a person who knows right from wrong .Imagine a leader like Netanyahu or King Abdullah of Jordan.Chris was strong and we love him for that.

  3. I read the book and saw the movie. Both were good, though obviously the book is more in depth and gives more accuracy to the man’s life story.

    There is of course only one reason why the movie is generating so much controversy. It’s popular, and thus people who lean left (both non-gun owners and gun owners) need to feed their Bush Derangement Syndrome through the association with the Iraq war.

  4. Been really busy so I still need to get in and see ‘American Sniper’, but I have repeatedly heard that no matter who watches this movie, regardless of which walk-of-life they stem, it emotionally grips everyone no matter their original sentiment on the topic going in.

    Especially when viewers realize the portrayal of Chris Kyle in the movie is quite accurate to his real life – makes one second guess everything they thought about what a real man is. I can see where some of the metrosexual critics allow their conflictions with their own lack of manliness to view this movie as offensive when this man ecliptically shadows everything they once thought they knew about masculinity.

    Tip: Don’t take a date to see this movie because you won’t be getting lucky afterwards.

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