Social media accounts belonging to the two politicians representing Texas in the U.S. Senate were active Monday with tweets and posts honoring Chris Kyle, the retired Navy SEAL featured in the mega hit movie “American Sniper.”
On Friday Gov. Greg Abbott announced he had the privilege “to help honor a true American hero by announcing Feb. 2 as Chris Kyle Day in Texas.”
He signed the proclamation Monday afternoon.
Kyle has been crowned the deadliest sniper in U.S. history. He and his friend Chad Littlefield were shot and killed in February 2013 at a North Texas gun range.
“Our thoughts are with both the Kyle and Littlefield families today,” Sen. John Cornyn posted on his Facebook account on Monday. “As we honor Chris, let’s take a moment to remember the risk and sacrifice that all our service members and their families bear on our behalf.”
Cornyn’s counterpart, Sen. Ted Cruz, asked his Twitter followers to re-tweet a picture of Kyle he posted to help honor the fallen “American hero!”
The trial of Kyle’s alleged killer, fellow veteran Eddie Ray Routh, is slated to start Feb. 11 in Erath County.