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UPDATE: Click HERE to watch the memorial service in its entirety.
Huge lines of people began forming outside Cowboys Stadium on Monday to attend a memorial service for Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL sniper who was slain last week near Glen Rose.
At about 11:30 a.m., parking lots outside of the stadium were filling up quickly for the 1 p.m. service at the 80,000-seat stadium.
The crowd entered slowly into the stadium with the hymn Mansions of the Lord playing on the P.A. system and images of Chris Kyle on the jumbo screen.
No politicians were expected to speak at the service, however, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin posted on her Facebook that she and her husband, Todd, were attending the memorial. “I find it sad to see that flags aren’t flying at half staff for this American hero,” Palin wrote on the page.
Kyle, co-author of the book American Sniper, will be buried in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin on Tuesday. The Patriot Guard Riders have announced that they will escort the hearse from Arlington to Austin.
Free parking was available in Lots 1, 2 and 10, nearest to East Randol Mill Road and North Collins Street. People will enter the stadium at Gates A and K on the north side.
“In honor of the reverence this memorial service deserves, Chris Kyle’s family has asked that the general public not take photographs or record video during the ceremony,” police spokeswoman Tiara Richard said. “No cameras will be allowed inside.”
Also, no bags, purses or substantial handheld items will be allowed, Richard said.
Nancy Clayton, office manager of Midlothian Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements, said Kyle’s family will have a private funeral separate from the public memorial service.
Kyle, 38, and friend Chad Littlefield, 35, both of Midlothian, were shot to death Saturday at the Rough Creek Lodge near Glen Rose.
Comes from Victory Girls, in response to those miscreants who mocked the death of American hero Chris Kyle
I’ll get straight to the point today. Most of humanity is gifted a sense of empathy and a soul, and then there are those who should be fed broken glass thrice daily with gasoline chasers to wash it down. I like to call those people “liberals”.
It is powerful, go read the entire post. And I love the final line, advising us how to address these types of bottom feeders who spend half their time bemoaning “Right Wing vitriol” and the other half engaging in Left Wing vitriol
“Bless your little hypocritical heart, fuck you.”
Some people are just foul, and beneath contempt. Twitchy has the Tweets, if you can stand to read them. Personally I could not. Those that “LOL” or talk of “Karma” when a hero falls, a hero that fought to preserve the rights of these miscreants are evil. If they truly believe in Karma, you would think they would keep their mouths shut.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the non-profit organization that Chris helped establish, my heart is breaking. Our foundation, FITCO Cares, this country and most importantly, his wife Taya and their children, lost a dedicated father and husband, a lifelong patriot and an American hero.
Chris Kyle was a hero for his courageous efforts protecting our country as a U.S. Navy SEAL during four tours of combat. Moreover, he was a hero for his efforts stateside when he helped develop the FITCO Cares Foundation. What began as a plea for help from Chris looking for in-home fitness equipment for his brothers- and sisters-in-arms struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) became an organization that will carry that torch proudly in his honor.
Chris died doing what he filled his heart with passion – serving soldiers struggling with the fight to overcome PTSD. His service, life and premature death will never be in vain. May God watch over his family and all those who considered Chris a true friend.
He will forever be missed.
The news stunned me last night. It broke my heart for his wife, his children, his family and fiends. This nation was built on the actions of heroes and heroes like Chris have kept this nation free and strong. Sometimes we forget that these men, the Green Berets, SEALS, Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance, and all the rest of our Special Forces, are just men. They are so highly trained, so skilled, such great warriors that we forget they are mortal. God bless every one of them for their devotion to duty, their sacrifice, and their continuation of the American legacy of heroism.