MIDLOTHIAN On Tuesday, Chris Kyle makes his final journey across Texas.
The 200-mile funeral procession departed Midlothian Stadium at about 8:30 a.m. The procession began its travel east on Highway 287, which will then head south on Interstate 35 to Texas State Cemetery in Austin, where the former Navy SEAL sniper who was murdered on February 2 will be laid to rest.
Lauren Brumbaugh never met Kyle personally, but she remembers when he came to her high school last year for a lecture.
"He gave his time to each and every person, and tried to inspire them," she said.
Kyle left an impression... so much so that Lauren will be standing along the procession route to honor the man she calls a hero.
"I'm there to show my respect, but that the community is grieving as a whole," she said. "We want to pay our respects to his family."
Hundreds will join her, lining the route from Midlothian to Austin, on streets, highways and overpasses, holding posters and flags for Chris Kyle's unprecedented final farewell.
Cheree Barrett, president of the Blue Bonnet Blue Star Mothers in South Dallas and Ellis County will be there along with other military families.
"They are all our sons," she said. "I'm there because I am a mom of a military child, and I feel for them. I have the heart of the military, and I couldn't let it go without being there and being supportive."
Motorists along the route are alerted to expect delays during the four-to-five hour motorcade, which will include military personnel, first responders and Patriot Guard Riders.