Americans Pause to Honor "American Sniper" Chris Kyle on What Would Have Been His 46th Birthday

Supporters and spectators take photos of the Chris Kyle statue after the unveiling Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Chris Kyle Memorial Plaza in Odessa, Texas. A memorial for slain Navy Seal and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle has been unveiled in the West Texas city where he was born in 1974. (Jacob Ford/Odessa American via AP)

Americans are taking a moment to pause and honor former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle today, on what would have been his 46th birthday.

As ABC News reported:

Kyle, 38, served four tours in Iraq and was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation.

From 1999 to 2009, Kyle recorded more than 150 sniper kills, the most in U.S. military history.

After leaving combat duty, Kyle became chief instructor training Naval Special Warfare Sniper and Counter-Sniper teams, and he authored the Naval Special Warfare Sniper Doctrine, the first Navy SEAL sniper manual. He left the Navy in 2009.

“American Sniper,” which was published last year by William Morrow, became a New York Times best seller.

Tragically, Kyle, along with his friend, Chad Littlefield, was shot and killed by a fellow veteran on February 2, 2013. But, American patriots don’t forget their heroes.

Fans of the “American Sniper” continue to remember him on the anniversary of his death:

 

Then, in 2014 came “American Sniper,” the Oscar-nominated film starring Bradley Cooper and based on the eponymous book:

Through Clint Eastwood’s moving film, Kyle’s story won over fans from some unlikely quarters:

Today is another day that Americans are choosing to commemorate:

Honoring his life…

Mourning with those who knew and loved him…

Remembering how he fulfilled his duty…

We will never forget.

Rest in peace, Chris Kyle.