AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott says he is declaring Feb. 2 as "Chris Kyle Day" in Texas to honor the late U.S. serviceman whose life is depicted in the blockbuster film "American Sniper."
Abbott made the announcement Friday while speaking to a Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Austin. Hundreds of veterans in a hotel ballroom greeted the news with a standing ovation.
Kyle's hometown was the Fort Worth suburb of Midlothian. He was 37 when he was killed in 2013 at a North Texas gun range. A former Marine charged in his death goes on trial in Stephenville next month.
Abbott said the state will commemorate Kyle's life on Monday.
Kyle did four tours in Iraq and is considered to be the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history !!
Hats off to Bob Owens. Those critical of Chris Kyle, in my opinion have no realistic idea about what they're being so critical of. They most likely don't have a combat MOS, (or even know what that is), and have no realistic idea of what he, threetango, glock26USMC, and a number of others here have been, done, and seen. Nevertheless, I applaud their right to criticize while sitting comfortably in the same United States of America that the above mentioned and many others have fought, defended, and died for. I'll climb down off of my soap box now...