Chris Kyle (Seal) True American Tribute
This is a little long! But I thought Chris Kyle deserve our respect and tribute to his life to at least post this here on the FTF.
03. Good Read! And Tribute to an American Hero! RIP Chris!
and Chris Kyle:
I just wanted to share with you all that out of a horrible tragedy we were blessed by so many people. Chris was Derek's team mate
through 10 years of training and battle. They both suffer/suffered from PTSD to
some extent and took great care of each other because of it. 2006 in Ramadi was
horrible for young men that never had any more aggressive physical contact with
another human than on a Texas football field. They lost many friends. Chris became the armed services number
#1 sniper of all time. Not something he was happy about, other than the fact
that in so doing, he saved a lot of American lives. Three years ago, his wife
Taya asked him to leave the SEAL teams as he had a huge bounty on his head by
Al Qaeda. He did and wrote the book The American Sniper. 100% of the proceeds
from the book went to two of the SEAL families who had lost their sons in Iraq.
That was the guy Chris was. He formed a company in Dallas to train military, police and I think
firemen as far as protecting themselves in difficult situations. He also formed
a foundation to work with military people suffering from PTSD. Chris was a
giver not a taker. He, along with a friend and neighbor, Chad Littlefield, were
murdered trying to help a young man that had served 6 months in Iraq
and claiming to have PTSD.
Now I need to tell you about all of the blessings. Southwest Airlines flew in any SEAL and their
family from any airport they flew into free of charge. The employees donated buddy passes and one lady
worked for 4 days without much of a break to see that it happened. Volunteers were at both airports in Dallas to drive them to
the hotel. The Marriott Hotel reduced their rates to $45 a night and cleared the hotel for only SEALís and family. The
Midlothian, TX Police Department paid the $45 a night for each room. I would guess there were about 200 people staying at the
hotel. 100 of them SEALís. Two large buses were chartered (unknown donor paid the bill) to transport people to the
different events and they also had a few rental cars (donated). The police and secret service were on duty 24 hours during the stay at our hotel.
At the house the Texas DPS parked a large motor home in front to block the view from reporters.
It remained there the entire 5 days for the SEALís to congregate in and all to
use the restroom so as not to have to go in the house. Taya, their two small
children and both sets of parents were staying in the home. Only a hand full of
SEALís went into the home as they had different duties and meetings were held
sometimes on a hourly basis. It was a huge coordination of many different
events and security. Derek was assigned to be a pallbearer, to escort Chris'
body when it was transferred from Midlothian Funeral Home to Arlington Funeral
Home and to be with Taya. Tough job. Taya seldom came out of her bedroom. The
home was full with people from the church and other family members that would
come each day to help. I spent one morning in a bedroom with Chris' mom and the
next morning with Chad Littlefield's parents (the other man murdered with
Chris). Tough job.
Nolan Ryan sent his cooking team, a huge grill and lots of steaks, chicken and hamburgers. They set up in the front yard and fed
people all day long. The 200 SEALS and their family. The next day a local BBQ restaurant set up a buffet in front of the house and fed all once again. Food was plentiful and all were taken care of. The familyís church kept those inside the house well fed.
Jerry Jones, the man everyone loves to hate, was a rock star. He donated use of Cowboy Stadium for the services as it was
determined that so many wanted to attend. The charter buses transported us to the stadium on Monday at 10:30. Every car, bus, motorcycle was searched with bomb dogs and police. I am not sure if kooks were making threats trying to make a name for them selves or if so many SEALís in one place was a security risk... I don't know. We willing obliged. No purses in the stadium! We were taken to The Legends room high up and a large buffet was available. That was about 300 people. We were growing.
A Medal of Honor recipient was there, lots of secret service and police
and Sarah Palin and her husband. She
looked nice; this was a very formal military service. The service started at
1:00 and when we were escorted onto the field I was shocked. We heard that
about 10,000 people had come to attend also. They were seated in the stadium
seats behind us. It was a beautiful and emotional service. Bagpipe and drum
corps were wonderful and the A&M menís choir stood through the entire
service and sang right at the end. We were all in tears.
The next day was the 200 mile procession from Midlothian, TX
to Austin for burial.
It was a cold, drizzly, windy day, but the people were out. We had dozens of
police motorcycles riders, freedom riders 5 chartered buses and lots of cars.
You had to have a pass to be in the procession and still it was huge. Two
helicopters circled the procession with snipers sitting out the side door for
protection. It was the longest funeral procession ever in the state of Texas. People were
everywhere. The entire route was shut down ahead of us; the people were lined
up on the side of the road the entire way. Firemen down on one knee, police
officers holding their hats over their hearts, children waving flags, veterans
saluting as we went by.. Every bridge had fire trucks with large flags
displayed from their tall ladders....people all along the entire 200 miles
standing in the cold weather. It was so heartwarming. Taya rode in the hearse
with Chris' body so Derek rode the route with us. I was so grateful to have
that time with him.
The services were at Texas National Cemetery. Very few are
buried there and you have to apply to get in. It is like people from
Civil War, Medal of Honor winners a few from the Alamo and all the historical
people of Texas.
It was a nice service and the Freedom Riders surrounded the outside of the
entire cemetery to keep the crazy church people from Kansas that protests at military funerals
away from us. Each SEAL put his Trident (metal SEAL badge) on the top of Chris'
casket one at a time. A lot hit it in with one blow, Derek was the only one to
take 4 taps to put his in and it was almost like he was caressing it as he did
it. Another tearful moment.
After the service the governor's wife, Anita Perry,
invited us to the governor's mansion. She stood at the door and greeted each of
us individually and gave each of the SEALís a coin of Texas (she was a sincere,
compassionate, and gracious hostess). We were able to tour the ground floor and
then went into the garden for beverages and BBQ. So many of the team guys said
that after they get out they are moving to Texas. They remarked that they had never
felt so much love and hospitality. The charter buses then took the guys to the
airport to catch their returning flights. Derek just now called and after a 20
hours flight he is back in his spot, in a dangerous land on the other side of
the world, protecting America.
And our sad A-- President has not even paid tribute to this great American but sure can to dope heads, rock stars, gay athletes and other POS! Who have contributed nothing to protecting our defending our freedom great country, and those in need! Obviously Chris was not a selfish individual.
We just wanted to share with the events of a quite an
emotional, but blessed week.
The Constitution is not an instrument for the Government to restrain the people. It is an instrument for the people to restrain the Government!
Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom."
-- John F. Kennedy