ARLINGTON — A star member of the true "America’s Team" was honored at Cowboys Stadium on Tuesday.
A public memorial for Chris Kyle was staged inside the cavernous venue in order to accommodate all those who wanted to personally give a final salute to the former Navy SEAL regarded as the most lethal sharpshooter in U.S. military history.
“It’s touching. It’s very touching, and well deserved,” National Guard Reserve Sgt. Niky Eakin told News 8, who came to the ceremony with fond memories of a friend.
“He had some jokes," she recalled. "You had to be pretty witty and with a tough skin to hang with him."
You would expect her to attend the memorial along with members of the Patriot Guard.
But in addition to them, thousands of others turned out... ordinary citizens who wanted to pay homage to an extraordinary warrior.
Brent Nutt explained why he drove in from the Houston area to attend. "Just come out to say thanks, and we appreciate what you did," he said.
Amy Taylor didn’t have to drive that far, but she did have to make a stop to pick up her eight-year-old son Jackson, all decked out in uniform.
He read the patch on the front of it: “SEAL Team Special Warfare." Jackson wants to be a SEAL some day, so Taylor pulled him out of school to attend the ceremony.
“I think this is a life lesson for him," she said.
They joined thousands of others in celebrating a special man and the country he served.