This morning began with a bit of misty wet weather. It had cleared up around lunch time.
The apartment complex went on our monthly outing to lunch at the nearest Denny’s, where as I watched out the window, I could see the interstate highway.
All of the overpasses were filled with people and American flags and signs.
The funeral procession for former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle went on for 200 miles until it reached the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas.
And there off of the highway and St. Johns, being able to watch everything that passed southbound on the highway.
All I wanted to do was feed the burning inside and run out to the overpass and be a part of everything that was going on. But I couldn’t do that. I was already engaged with several of the neighbors in the breaking of bread.
At 11:55 AM, local time, began this very long funeral procession heading south towards the State Cemetery. Scores and scores and scores of veterans riding on motorcycles as well as the Patriot Guard. That was followed by law enforcement vehicles with their bright lights flashing and then the rest of the processional.
It took a full six minutes for it all to pass by the Denny’s and continue on its journey.
What a very honorable yet solemn thing to experience. To know that the body of Chris Kyle had passed right by. A man who was trained by the Navy SEALS and was the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. His life tragically brought to a violent end last week.
I literally had tears forming in my eyes. But they never fell down my cheeks.
The funeral was private. And rightly so. Although it is being reported that Chris Kyle is buried only a few feet away from Darrell K. Royal, a former coach of Texas Longhorn football fame.
I can only imagine how flooded the sides of the highways were on its journey through town. 200 miles is a long way. Lots of land for people to stand on the side of the road to show their respects or be a part of something special.
I am hoping that his mourning family sees the throngs of people that are behind them. Support them. And then care about them.
Yet I wonder if and when the Texas State Cemetery would be open to the public and whether or not if I went there, whether or not I would be able to find his grave site and pay my own respects.