AUSTIN -- You can now add this to the list of things Texans are good at: Saying goodbye.
They did it in communities large and small all along Interstate-35, from Midlothian to the State Cemetery in Austin.
It’s been called the longest funeral procession in state history. But, in the end, it wasn’t the distance that was most impressive; it was the heart.
All the way, News 8 did not see a single empty overpass as we followed the procession. Many were jammed. Some with civilians or fire fighters or law enforcement officers.
The outpouring was most notable in Temple, where the community came out strong for Chris Kyle, the fallen former Navy SEAL.
While the convoy moved fast, there was one delay in Belton. Two motorcycles in the procession collided, sending two riders to the hospital. Both were conscious.
But it was not enough to overshadow this picture of patriotism painted Tuesday by thousands of nameless Texans who showed us, in a big way, how to say goodbye.