Beautiful: Thousands gather to remember slain hero Chris Kyle [photos, video]

Thousands of people have gathered today at Cowboys Stadium to pay tribute to slain SEAL, patriot, and hero Chris Kyle:

Pic: Patriot Guard Riders arrived early for 1pm #chriskyle public memorial. Can’t attend? Watch live @cbsdfw twitter.com/ElizabethCBS11…

— Elizabeth Dinh (@ElizabethCBS11) February 11, 2013

Cowboys Stadium is full for the funeral of Chris Kyle. amazing & humbling. twitter.com/josephkerry/st…

— Joseph Kerry (@josephkerry) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE #ChrisKyle:Friends, family, dignitaries, law enforcement now walking onto field at @cowboystadium to take seats.

— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE #ChrisKyle:Pedestal set up for body of fallen Navy #SEAL sniper to lie in state on star at @cowboystadium. twitter.com/DavidSchechter…

— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE #ChrisKyle:Large crowd stands, in respect, as long procession of friends and family file in to take seats for #memorial.

— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE #ChrisKyle:For last 20-minutes respectful crowd standing silently waiting for beginning of #memorial. twitter.com/DavidSchechter…

— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE #ChrisKyle:#Memorial service just began with a music tribute.Song, “Give me a new mountain to climb”.

— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE #ChrisKyle:Scottish bagpipers now proceeding to 50 yard line.Followed by casket draped in American flag.

— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013

Beautiful. #chriskylememorial RT @markdavis The Patriot Guard Riders are ready twitter.com/MarkDavis/stat…

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) February 11, 2013

Sobering & sad – before the service for #ChrisKyle. twitter.com/MacEngelProf/s…

— Mac Engel (@MacEngelProf) February 11, 2013

Says it all. #chriskyle twitter.com/MarkDavis/stat…

— Mark Davis (@MarkDavis) February 11, 2013

The ultimate sacrifice.#chriskyle twitter.com/MarkDavis/stat…

— Mark Davis (@MarkDavis) February 11, 2013

A Scottish marching band leads a procession into Cowboys Stadium for the #ChrisKyle memorial twitter.com/BenRussellNBC5…

— Ben Russell (@BenRussellNBC5) February 11, 2013

At Chris Kyle’s memorial paying respects are lots of military, cops, bikers, a few babies, high school sea cadets. twitter.com/Bill_MillerST/…

— Bill Miller (@Bill_MillerST) February 11, 2013

Flag-draped coffin being placed on the star twitter.com/BenRussellNBC5…

— Ben Russell (@BenRussellNBC5) February 11, 2013

Texas says good bye to a great man. Chris Kyle twitter.com/whoagirl007/st…

— michelle s (@whoagirl007) February 11, 2013

The Chris Kyle memorial is starting at Cowboys Stadium. I’ll have a full wrap tonight on @nightcapnews at 5 and 9. twitter.com/Daniel_Novick/…

— Daniel Novick (@Daniel_Novick) February 11, 2013

Stage is at midfield facing Cowboys side.About 1500 chairs on field for special guests.Rest of us fill lower level endzone to endzone

— Mark Davis (@MarkDavis) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE #ChrisKyle:Loved video games and spit a month’s worth of sunflower seeds around his bunk.Loved wearing his Longhorn ball cap.

— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE #ChrisKyle:Navy SEAL sniper’s boy now laying in state on star at 50 yard line at Cowboy Stadium

— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013

#ChrisKyle memorial service. @texannewstsu twitter.com/landonhaston/s…

— Landon Haston (@landonhaston) February 11, 2013

Chris Kyle memorial at Cowboys Stadium, his flag-draped casket on the star. God bless him, his family, and friends.

— Jules of Denial (@Coolish_Breeze) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE #ChrisKyle:Pastor says Kyle was “a bright and shining example of sacrificial service”

— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013

United bagpipe detachments from various areas usher in casket.Stunning aerial shot on vid screen: casket and pallbearers on Cowboy star

— Mark Davis (@MarkDavis) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE #ChrisKyle:Friend… “Impossible was just another target.And we all know how well Chris did with his targets.”

— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013

Opening prayer: “Darkness works hardest where light shines brightest.” #ChrisKyle

— Mark Davis (@MarkDavis) February 11, 2013

Prayer asks forgiveness for his killer but swift and proper justice as well.More soon must pay attention. #ChrisKyle

— Mark Davis (@MarkDavis) February 11, 2013

First speaker: “Impossible was just another target for Chris. And we all know how good he was with targets.” #ChrisKyle @nbcdfw

— Ben Russell (@BenRussellNBC5) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE #ChrisKyle:Joe Nichols performs the song “The Impossible” at #memorial.

— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE #ChrisKyle:Naval officers carry casket to star on 50 yard line at Cowboy Stadium. twitter.com/DavidSchechter…

— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013

Those you see standing are current or former Navy SEALs twitter.com/BenRussellNBC5…

— Ben Russell (@BenRussellNBC5) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE #ChrisKyle:Dozens of Navy SEALS, past and present, stand as SEAL creed is read aloud at #memorial.

— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013

Photo slide show of Chris Kyle on jumbo screen. twitter.com/Bill_MillerST/…

— Bill Miller (@Bill_MillerST) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE #ChrisKyle:Fellow SEAL: “He ran through a hail of enemy bullets to rescue a Marine who was separated from his unit.”

— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013

“The God that Chris followed fearlessly, he did not always understand. But he followed.” #Kyle Memorial

— Mav #Drone (@TheMaverick21) February 11, 2013

Boyhood friends, fellow military honor Chris Kyle. Speakers not identified but military guys all wear special insignia — the trident.

— Bill Miller (@Bill_MillerST) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE #ChrisKyle:Friend says, nickname “The Legend” started as joke, but became a reality because of his big heart.

— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE #ChrisKyle: Friend says, Kyle walked away from a career with such promise to become a full time Dad.Legends never die.

— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013

Speaker: ‘Big Texas heart’ guided Chris Kyle. Left special ops to be full-time dad. twitter.com/Bill_MillerST/…

— Bill Miller (@Bill_MillerST) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE #ChrisKyle:Friend sings country song co-written with Kyle called “They All Fought with Valor”

— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013

@davidschechter Momma Lee tore it up. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

— ashley novotny (@ashnovotny) February 11, 2013

@tcuwhitetrash R.I.P. Chris Kyle this guy is what America Is. twitter.com/warrenbethel13…

— Warren (@warrenbethel13) February 11, 2013

Legends never die. God Bless you Chris Kyle twitter.com/dorcie/status/…

— Dorcie Farkash (@dorcie) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE CHRIS KYLE:Navy SEAL sniper’s boy now laying in state on star at 50 yard line at Cowboy Stadium ~ RIP. twitter.com/dee_lunche/sta…

— Dee Dee Lunche (@dee_lunche) February 11, 2013

Letter from parents read during #ChrisKyle memorial: “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.”

— Ben Russell (@BenRussellNBC5) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE #ChrisKyle:His parents say, “God anointed you with the name “The Protector”You were destined for greatness.”

— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013

Taya Kyle, wife of #ChrisKyle, speaks to the crowd: “I am the one who is blessed in every sense of the word.” twitter.com/BenRussellNBC5…

— Ben Russell (@BenRussellNBC5) February 11, 2013

Taya Kyle: Speaking now about how #ChrisKyle made her feel like “pure gold”

— Ben Russell (@BenRussellNBC5) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE #ChrisKyle:After revealing her flaws Kyle told wife Taya, “You’re a package deal.I love you.All of you.”

— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE #ChrisKyle:Wife Taya describes friendship with Chad Littlefield as “effortless.”Both were killed on shooting range 9 days ago.

— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE #ChrisKyle:Heartbreaking words from widow to children, “being your dad was the highlight of your Dad’s life.”

— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE #ChrisKyle:The entire stadium is weeping, listening to widow Taya speak passionately, fearlessly and from the heart.

— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013

Taya Kyle finishes with this: “In life, even in death, some people are always with you. I love you Chris. I love you. I love you”

— Ben Russell (@BenRussellNBC5) February 11, 2013

Taya Kyle to kids:”We will remember, baby girl and bubba, that he didn’t just talk about love. He loved you & he lived his life to show you”

— Ben Russell (@BenRussellNBC5) February 11, 2013

Randy Travis now singing “Amazing Grace” to close out #ChrisKyle memorial twitter.com/BenRussellNBC5…

— Ben Russell (@BenRussellNBC5) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE #ChrisKyle:TAPS

— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013

GOODBYE #ChrisKyle:Memorial service concludes as friends, family and strangers quietly exit.

— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013

Beautiful video:

From a letter Chris wrote: “I do miss the teams. But I love being there every day with my kids. There’s nothing better than being a dad.”

— Ben Russell (@BenRussellNBC5) February 11, 2013

God bless you, Chris Kyle. You will never be forgotten.

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