Thousands of mourners will honor decorated U.S. Navy SEAL sniper and author Chris Kyle Monday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Houston’s CBS affiliate, KHOU News, reported Sunday that Kyle’s casket will be draped with an American flag and placed on the 50-yard line at the stadium.
Members of the Navy SEALs are expected to speak, and Randy Travis will be performing, the news station said.
On Tuesday, the 200-mile funeral procession, expected to be the longest in Texas history, will include “military personnel, first responders and Patriot Guard Riders,” according to the article. Kyle will then be laid to rest at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.
KHOU-TV also reported Sunday that a petition on the White House website is asking that a U.S. Navy ship be named the “USS Chris Kyle” after the fallen hero.
The petition was created on Feb. 5 and reads:
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Name a US Naval Vessel in Honor of US Navy Seal Chris Kyle. USS Chris Kyle.
Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL who wrote the best-selling book American Sniper about his service in Iraq, was shot and killed at a gun range in Texas
In honor of his service. We should honor him by naming a US Naval Vessel After Him.
USS Chris Kyle.
Watch the KHOU TV News report here: