” Thousands are gathering at Cowboys Stadium for the Monday afternoon public memorial service for former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, killed at a Texas shooting range on Feb. 2.
Mr. Kyle is going to be buried at Texas State Cemetery in Austin, following a 200-mile-long funeral procession that will start near Dallas on Tuesday, AP says.”
” Update at 10:31 a.m.: Among those expected to attend today’s service is former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who posted the following to her Facebook page this morning:
Todd and I are in Dallas today to attend Chris Kyle’s memorial and funeral service. I find it sad to see that flags aren’t flying at half staff for this American hero. We’re surrounded today by American patriots here in Texas – by Chris’ fellow veterans and active duty warriors. In honor of them, I hope our commander in chief pays his respects in some gesture of condolence for their comrade in arms who sacrificed so much to keep him and all of us safe.
We may never know to what extent Chris kept us free or how many lives he saved by his brave actions in the line of fire. But his fellow warriors know how important he was. My son Track couldn’t meet Chris when Todd and I first met him because Track was deployed to Iraq. Then when we got to know Chris even better, our son was deployed in Afghanistan. We’ve met a lot of people in recent years, and Track has been privileged to meet them as well. But he said about Chris, “Mom, he’s the ONE person in the entire world I would be star-struck to meet. He’s it.”
God bless this great warrior. Let us keep his wife and children in our prayers, and may we never forget him or his sacrifice.
Update at 10:15 a.m. by Jeff Mosier: Today, Cowboys Stadium is hosting what’s likely a unique event for the team: a public memorial service.
I’m certain nothing like this memorial service for former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle has happened at Cowboys Stadium. When I asked team spokesman Brett Daniels about whether there was ever a public memorial service at Texas Stadium, the only thing he could recall was a memorial for a member of the doomed Von Erich wrestling clan. The only reference I could find though was the annual David Von Erich Memorial: A Parade of Champions, which started in 1984. That was a memorial wrestling tournament rather than memorial service.”
” In just a couple of hours the memorial to Chris Kyle will be held at Cowboy Stadium, followed by a 200 mile procession to the funeral. To say that the man had a tremendous impact on others around him, and not just in the service of his country, is to damn him with faint praise. Like many of you, I was shocked when I got the call the he and Mr. Littlefield had been murdered. Although I never met his family, nor Mr. Littlefield and his family, I wanted to do something for them.
To that end, if you haven’t already done so, you may consider donating to the official trusts via Craft International’s page – http://thecraft.com/InMemoriam.html. At the risk of stepping on toes, I would say that you might think about donating to both. Chad Littlefield was a Chris’ friend and worthy of our support as well.
If you’re interested, Craft International has issued a 4 inch Round Memorial Patch to remember both Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield. There are also shirts available. Proceeds will benefit their memorial funds. The web address there is co-store.com/craftgear; Craft advises they will accept orders even though items are out of stock and will ship on date specified.”