The Chris Kyle Memorial

| February 11, 2013

Chris Kyle

We didn’t know it, but we had a correspondent at the Chris Kyle Memorial Service in Arlington, Texas today. Our buddy, Jamie Averett, formerly of the USO Girls blog sent us a scan of the brochure and the following report;

Today we attended the memorial service of Chris Kyle at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas. There were over 7,000 in present. We weren’t sure what to expect. The local news stations said we weren’t allowed to bring bags, purses, coats or cameras, and to expect long lines. As we parked and walked up to the stadium we see a huge line wrapped around the whole parking lot. Helicopters were circling the stadium, policeman everywhere. Camera crews everywhere. We must give Jerry Jones props. Parking was free and they gave all in attendance free sodas and water. As we walked into the stadium to sit in our seats they were showing a montage on the huge jumbo screen as The Band of Brothers theme song was playing. Pictures of Chris with his wife, children, teammates, childhood photos.

We were with an army friend of ours in uniform. Numerous times officials were advising him to go to the military entrance so he could sit with his brothers in arms on the field. As the military service members made their way down on the field everyone in attendance stood to honor them. It took over 45 minutes for them to be seated and not once did anyone sit down, it was silent. Country stars Neil McCoy and Joe Nichols each sang a song and then the drum and bagpipe processional came out from all the local Dallas-Fort Worth communities with the family with the flag draped coffin as Patriot Guard Riders with flags lined the whole field. The speakers included teammates, two childhood friends, his Craft business partner, Marc Lee’s mother, video tributes, and a letter from his parents to Chris read by his teammate. As each person spoke we learned about his love of Texas, what a prankster he was, how a choke out by him meant love, and how much he treasured being a husband and father. Each branch brought in a wreath and placed it in front which included one wreath from the Polish military. As one of his teammates spoke he asked all Frog men past and present during the reading of the SEAL creed to stand up. There must have been over 200 standing.

Then we see the pallbearers stand up and walk over to Mrs Kyle. We didn’t expect her to speak but we watched as a Marine escorted her up to the stage with the pallbearers behind her. She said she was broken but that the family will put one foot in front of the other to get through their grief. She spoke with strength through tears. She had to pause to compose herself many times as she spoke to her children and to Chris. She made a joke about his Texas twang and she thanked him for not giving up on her. We noticed she had his wedding band on next to her wedding ring. She encouraged her children, Bubba and Baby Girl, his nicknames for them, to remember that their dad was fun. She paid a loving tribute to his friend Chad Littlefield whom she called FBB -Friend before Book. She finished by saying “I love you Chris, I love you.” After she sat down Randy Travis came out to sing Whisper My Name and Amazing Grace.

We did not know Chris Kyle personally. We met him once at a book signing, shared a laugh, took some pictures, read his book, but we shared a love of Texas, a love of country, and serving those who serve.

KD8NOA, who also attended along with about 7,000 others, wrote to tell us that the Westboro fags were there a few blocks from the services but were well contained by local police and Patriot Guard Riders.

From WFAA, Taya Kyle’s memorial;

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  1. TSO says:

    Jamie is the second best USO girl out there.

  2. Thanks Jonn, simply couldn’t watch the whole thing and missed this.

    And thanks Jamie.

  3. Jabatam says:

    Hat’s off to Jerry Jones and the state of Texas for this memorial service…class act all the way. RIP dude

  4. NHSparky says:

    Dear Chris,

    Sailor, rest your oar.

  5. SteveS says:

    RIP Chris Kyle. What a sendoff.

  6. Ex-PH2 says:

    Not long enough was all eternity
    To last beyond her love.
    She would go down to dust,
    Loving when love had died,
    Until the world was dead.
    Then let her dream in peace
    That on far plains his battle cry might sound.

  7. Thunderstixx says:

    Thank you Chris for your life…
    Godspeed to you and your family.

  8. Smitty says:

    Proud to say i was there with my father. Chris is the reason that both of us are still alive, he saved my ass in faluja in ’04 and my father in ramadi in ’06. it was a beautiful ceramony and a great send off to a true hero. Chris Kyle will never be forgotten, every day i draw breath i owe to that man.

  9. A Proud Infidel says:

    God Bless. Chris Kyle was a Real Man that cared for others until his end, he deserved a classy memorial.

  10. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Thank you Jamie for that account. It gave me chills.

  11. Old Trooper says:

    What sickened me was the responses of some people in the comments sections of the youtube videos from this. They are so ate up with teh stoopid that they can’t even leave a Sailors funeral alone.

  12. Old Trooper says:

    Oh, and thanks, Jamie and KD8NOA for the AARs.

  13. ChopIT says:

    Fair winds and following seas, shipmate. Thank you for protecting our nation as you did, and for the work you did to help repair our fellow service members.

  14. Hondo says:

    “Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
    And the hunter, home from the hill.”

    RIP, Chief Kyle.

  15. Common Sense says:

    I wasn’t able to watch it live yesterday, hopefully someone will post the full video.

    I did watch Taya Kyle speaking. It takes a very strong woman to do that, strength and grace. My heart aches for her.

    The procession today was also awe-inspiring. Chris Kyle touched so many lives, through his service as a SEAL, his book, and his work with vets. What a great patriot and great man. RIP

  16. Ex-PH2 says:

    O, vamos de nuevo. You might want to use a better translator, numbnuts. A good one would use ‘descubrir’ or ‘encontrar’ intead of ‘llegar’. If you want to say ‘found in a long time’, it’s ‘me he encontrado en mucho tiempo’, not that idiot crap you’re trying to hide behind.

    Hay muchas personas que vienen a este lugar que hablan muchos idiomas. No trate de engañarnos, chingacabra.

    ¿Me entiende, pendejo?