Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who was made a celebrity by his autobiography, “An American Sniper,” and his role on “Stars Earn Stripes” TV reality series will be laid to rest today. Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, graciously volunteered to host a memorial service at Cowboy Stadium. The family asks no video or photography at the event.
Petty Officer Kyle is lauded for far more than his celebrity. He is revered by his fellow SEAL team members and other services for his dedication to helping others cope with the wounds of war. Kyle, like many of his comrades, is described as a humble warrior whose gentle spirit belied the stereotype of elite military being cold-blooded killers. Friends say he fought to save others both in war and after. He was killed by a former Marine suffering PTSD he was there to help in a bizarre twist of fate.
Kyle’s body will be transported during the Memorial Service from Midlothian down I-35 to Austin for internment. The service at the stadium is expected to last two hours. No word yet on responses to petitions for U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff in his honor either from Gov. Perry of Texas or Pres. Obama.