Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared today, Feb. 2 as "Chris Kyle Day" in Texas to honor the late U.S. serviceman whose life is depicted in the blockbuster film "American Sniper.

 

 

Abbott made the announcement Friday while speaking to a Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Austin. Hundreds of veterans in a hotel ballroom greeted the news with a standing ovation.

Kyle's hometown was the Fort Worth suburb of Midlothian, but he also lived in Odessa for a time. Kyle did four tours in Iraq and is considered to be the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history. He was 37 when he was killed in 2013 at a North Texas gun range. A former Marine charged in his death goes on trial in Stephenville next month.

Thank you Chris.