Thousands of Texans gathered Moday at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium to pay their respects to slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle who was murdered on Feb. 2 while attempting to help a troubled Marine veteran reported to be suffering from PTSD.
County singer Randy Travis performed in his honor. On Tuesday morning a funeral procession carry Kyle's body the 200 mile journey from Midlothian to Austin for interment in the Texas State Cemetery. The vehicle procession is expected to include hundreds of vehicles and much of the route itself is expected to be lined by mourners.
Military funerals in Texas are frequently honored by mourners along their route displaying flags or signs to show respect to a fallen hero.
Chris Kyle had become a widely recognized figure because of his national exposure on reality television and numerous television interviews had become the face of those conflicts for a public which is often personally disconnected from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Kyle's untimely death has resulted in a nationwide outpouring of sympathy with White House Petition efforts underway to have a Navy ship named the USS Chris Kyle and to have the nations flags flown at half staff for a week in his honor.