On Monday, thousands gathered at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Tex., to honor former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who was shot and killed at a gun range outside Fort Worth earlier this month. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, joined those who gathered to remember Kyle. In a Facebook note, she expressed hope that President Obama "pays his respects" to Kyle, who she said "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," she wrote. "But his fellow warriors know how important he was."
The Palins first met Kyle in 2011 during the premiere of Stephen K. Bannon's movie "The Undefeated" in Pella, Iowa.
Breitbart.com said that "over 7,000" attended the memorial service.
Tony Lee wrote that "Obama has publicly acknowledged people like Sandra Fluke and famous rappers, but he is not attending Kyle's funeral and did not issue a statement after Kyle's death."
Although Obama awarded retired Army Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha the Medal of Honor on Monday, no one from the administration attended the memorial or acknowledged Kyle in any way whatsoever.
Kyle's wife and children moved the crowd as they spoke of the fallen SEAL.
“Thank you Chris thank you for loving me, all of me,” said Kyle's wife Taya. “God worked through you to make me the woman I was supposed to be … You taught me I was okay just the way I am. I stand before you a broken woman but I am now and always will be a wife of a man who was a warrior both on and off the battlefield.”
Video of her remarks can be seen here.
“You are the best dad ever,” wrote one of his daughters, signing the message "Baby Girl." “I never wanted you to die, I miss your heart.”
“One of the best things that has happened to me is you. I love you dad. I always will," his other daughter wrote.
Former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb, a friend of Kyle, suggested ways to help the family.
According to Webb, his foundation, the Red Circle Foundation, will send donations made in honor of Kyle to the appropriate fund established to help the family. Another group, America’s Mighty Warriors, is collecting donations under the “Chris Kyle Memorial.” Additionally, Glenn Beck's company, Mercury One, will be collecting donations slated for FITCO Cares, a foundation started by Kyle.
Palin, who celebrated her birthday on Monday, thanked supporters for the well wishes and said "it would be awesome if you'd join me in supporting the families of these heroes by helping them out!"
"God bless this great warrior," she wrote. "Let us keep his wife and children in our prayers, and may we never forget him or his sacrifice."