Texas to Declare ‘Chris Kyle Day’

February 2nd will mark a day of remembrance for the famed sniper

Chris Kyle / AP

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is honoring Chris Kyle by setting aside a day in his memory. Abbott announced his intention in his most recent speech, Fox News reported Friday.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has announced his plan to declare Feb. 2 "Chris Kyle Day" in the state.

"American Sniper" Chris Kyle had the most confirmed kills in military history.

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Abbott told an audience of veterans that he is creating the day to remind the public how Kyle and other veterans answer the call of duty.

As Governor, I will constantly work to find ways like these to help our veterans. It’s our duty to help those who helped make America so exceptional. And it’s our duty to honor those whose sacrifice has preserved our freedom.

Along those lines, I wanted you to be the first to know…In honor of a Texas son, a Navy SEAL and an American hero – a man who defended his brothers and sisters in arms on and off the battlefield – I am declaring February 2nd Chris Kyle Day in Texas. We will commemorate his passing. But more importantly, remembering his answering of the call of duty.

We thank Chris Kyle and all of you for your service and sacrifice. And we rededicate ourselves to a cause greater than ourselves. To freedom for our children, their children and for generations yet to be born. May God bless you and all who wear the uniform of the United States of America.