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.
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:
- They Fry You If You’re Wrong
- Cheaper Than Dirt! Book Report: American Sniper by Chris Kyle
- Field Tips from the ‘American Sniper’
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:
- The Loss of an American Hero – Chris Kyle
- NRA Annual Meetings Video: Taya Kyle, Widow of Chris Kyle
- SEAL Sniper Chris Kyle Remembered at Cowboys Stadium Memorial
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.