Earlier today Governor Greg Abbott announced that Monday, Feb. 2 will be designated as Chris Kyle Day in the state of Texas, honoring the late Navy SEAL from Texas.
“I have declared Feb. 2 to be Chris Kyle Day in Texas. We honor our military heroes,” Abbott tweeted Friday. He also announced the day during a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Mid-Winter Convention.
Monday marks two years since Kyle’s shooting death.
Details on how Chris Kyle Day will honored are forthcoming.
Kyle, the subject of current box office hit and potential Oscar winner “American Sniper,” died in February 2013. The war hero and a friend were killed at a North Texas shooting range.
Iraq War veteran Eddie Ray Routh was charged with one count of capital murder and two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of Kyle and Chad Littlefield.
Kyle and Littlefield reportedly were helping Routh cope with post-traumatic stress disorder when he allegedly shot and killed both men before fleeing in a pickup belonging to Kyle.
Kyle was known as “America’s Deadliest Sniper” and received multiple medals for heroism and bravery. The Pentagon said his skills with a rifle so terrorized Iraqi insurgents during his four tours of duty that they nicknamed him the “Devil of Ramadi” and had a bounty put on his head. He was credited for at least 160 confirmed kills during his military service.
—Courtesy of Pat Dollard