Governor Greg Abbott has declared that, going forward, February 2nd should be known as “Chris Kyle Day” in Texas, honoring one of the state’s, and America’s , greatest modern military heroes. In the recent film directed by Clint Eastwood, American Sniper depicts the story of Kyle; a United States Navy SEAL, father, husband, and honored with the title of “deadliest sniper in American history”. It was only two years ago, after dedicating four tours of duty in Iraq, he returned to the states and began helping others who had served. Kyle’s life was tragically cut short when he was murdered by one of the veterans he was trying to help.
In the 134 minutes of American Sniper, Eastwood pulls from Bradley Cooper (who plays the role of Chris Kyle), one of the greatest cinematic performances of all time–distinct, balanced, and full of humanity.
American Sniper brilliantly translates Kyle’s novel “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History ” on screen, showing the struggles our military men and women face when they are at war, and at home. Cooper delivers a terrific performance, fully immersed in the life of Kyle, his military brothers and sisters, and his family – while forcing each and every viewer to ask if we are truly giving enough to support the brave men and women whom defend out nation.
This patriotic film could not have been released at a better time. Each year, fewer and fewer Americans remember the fear, disbelief, and shock from the September 11th terrorist attacks, (also seen in the film). Fourteen years later we are facing the very same terrorism from ISIS: According to a NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey a record low 26% feel they are safer since September 11th. Furthermore, a recent Gallup poll reveals Americas satisfaction with national security has dropped 10 percentage points from last year. In addition, exit polls following last years 2014 midterm elections show 72% of voters are worried there could be a terrorist attack on American soil.
By declaring today Chris Kyle Day, Governor Abbott is honoring not only the life of Chris Kyle but the lives of every one of our brave military men and women who stand tall every day to keep us and our nation safe.
As President George W. Bush said in his famous bullhorn speech, “I can hear you, the rest of the world hears you and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.” It was a call that Kyle heard, a call that was once again delivered in this film.
We, as Americans, need to unify behind the testament to duty illustrated in American Sniper and never forget the sacrifices from our military and their families. All give some. Some give all.