Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced Friday his state will honor the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Abbott was sworn into office earlier this month.
Speaking at the Texans Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Mid-Winter Convention in Austin Friday, Abbott declared that February 2 will be ‘Chris Kyle Day’ across the Lone Star State. The date will mark exactly two years after his untimely death.
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“In honor of a Texas son, a Navy SEAL and an American hero – a man who defended his brothers and sisters in arms on and off the battlefield – I am declaring February 2nd Chris Kyle Day in Texas. We will commemorate his passing,” Abbott said. “But more importantly, remembering his answer of of the call of duty.
We thank Chris Kyle and all of you for your service and sacrifice. And we rededicate ourselves to a cause greater than ourselves. To freedom for our children, their children, and for generations yet to be born. May God bless you and all who wear the uniform of the United States of America.
Kyle was killed near his home in 2013 while trying to help a fellow veteran. His life is the subject of the hit biopic American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper, which has already grossed more than $105 million. It is slated to make another $35 million over Super Bowl weekend, Variety noted. This is some of the early reaction to Abbott’s announcement:
— Joseph Esparza (@JosephEsparza) January 30, 2015
— Naomi Narvaiz (@nytxnn) January 30, 2015
Chris kyle day is my new favorite Holiday
— Evan (@Evan_Whiteside) January 30, 2015
A great day to go shooting. *PEW PEW PEW* http://t.co/8LwSfp1lXA
— S3CR3TAG3NT (@s3cr3tag3nt) January 30, 2015
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