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Texas Declares Feb. 2 ‘Chris Kyle Day’ in Honor of Late Military Sniper

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‘Chris Kyle Day’ will be a state-recognized holiday in Texas, where the subject of “American Sniper” is from.

Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Friday that February 2 will be known as ‘Chris Kyle Day,’ a remembrance of the late serviceman who died in 2013 after a career as what many consider the deadliest American sniper in history.

The announcement was made Friday while Abbott was at the Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Austin. According to a KHOU report, hundreds of veterans in the hotel ballroom greeted the news with a standing ovation.

Kyle has been in the news a lot lately, thanks in large part to the blockbuster film “American Sniper” that has earned critical acclaim, box office success and a fair amount of debate and discussion.

What Chris Kyle Day exactly entails is yet to be made clear, but the state of Texas will commemorate the serviceman’s life on Monday, February 2, 2014.

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Texas Declares Feb. 2 ‘Chris Kyle Day’ in Honor of Late Military Sniper