Bill Passed: Texas Highway to be Named in Honor of ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle

Chris Kyle Funeral Procession - Midlothian - YouTube Screenshot Kevin Kelly
YouTube Screenshot: Kevin Kelly

The Texas Senate passed House Bill 1187 designating a segment of U.S. Hwy 287 in Midlothian, as the Chris Kyle Memorial Highway. The Texas House passed the bill earlier this month. The bill will now go to Governor Greg Abbott for signing and making the bill law.

Midlothian is 25 miles southwest of Dallas, Texas.

Chris Kyle, was a Navy SEAL and author of the New York Times bestseller American Sniper.

On February 2, 2013, Kyle was shot at point-blank range and killed at a Texas gun range. He and a friend where attempting to help a fellow veteran who was suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. His friend, Chad Littlefield, was also shot and killed.

The veteran who shot them, Eddie Ray Routh, was found guilty of capital murder in February of this year.

Funeral procession for Chris Kyle in Midlothian, Texas. YouTube Video Kevin Kelly

Kyle is reported to have achieved 150 kills as a Navy SEAL sniper, the most of any sniper in U.S. military history.

The movie American Sniper has been a block-buster success but it has not been without controversy.

Breitbart Texas reported that the slain hero and the movie honoring him, has been attacked by left-of-center celebrities. They have called him a “‘coward’ who went on ‘killing sprees’” despite his having saved countless numbers of U.S. soldiers.

SEAL Team 3 Chief Chris Kyle served four combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and elsewhere.

Following his combat deployments, he became chief instructor for training Naval Special Warfare Sniper and Counter-Sniper teams, and he authored the Naval Special Warfare Sniper Doctrine, the first Navy SEAL sniper manual.

Kyle was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation.

He also received the Grateful Nation Award, given by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.

Thousands attended Kyle’s memorial service held in Dallas at Cowboys Stadium. The crowd was estimated to have been between 6,500 and 7,000 attendees.

Governor Greg Abbott declared it Chris Kyle Day in Texas on February 2, 2015.

Lana Shadwick is a contributing writer and legal analyst at Breitbart Texas. Follow her on Twitter @LanaShadwick2


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