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Central Texans Preparing For Ex-Navy Seal Chris Kyle's Procession
On Tuesday, the body of Navy SEAL Sniper Chris Kyle will travel through Georgetown, Round Rock and Pflugerville to his final resting place in Austin.
The Chief Petty Officer will be buried at the Texas State Cemetery. He will be buried in the central portion of the cemetery among decorated officials like Stephen Austin and Legendary Texans like Darryl K Royal.
Kyle's story of courage and dedication in helping soldiers come home has touched the lives of many Central Texans.
"This guy was trying to help someone with PTSD and gave the ultimate sacrifice," said Williamson County resident Terry Williams.
Williams wanted to say thank you by organizing support in Round Rock.
"We are going to be at Westinghouse road and I-35 along the access road, along with people with flags and banners to welcome that family into the City of Austin," said Williams.
He says it's his way of giving back to the Navy Seal.
"Freedom is not free. It's these young kids out in the field and I felt like I needed to do my part to help support a family without a father," said Williams.
Kyle's emotional story has also touched Patriot Guard Rider Robert Stancil.
"I think it helps the families. That's one of the main reasons," said Stancil.
He will ride with hundreds expected to be at the procession, one of the largest in Texas history. He hopes their support helps Kyle's wife and two kids during their time of grieving.
"Just be thankful for what we have, the way of life they have given for us," said Stancil.
The funeral will be private.
The procession will travel down IH-35, exit Sixth Street, travel east on Seventh Street and then turn north on Navasota Street. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Navasota and Comal streets will be closed between Seventh and 11th Streets. The sidewalk on the north side of Seventh Street will be closed between Navasota and Comal Streets.
The Austin Police Department asks that if you are going to have a sign or banner, remember not hang anything over the overpass railing. This is extremely dangerous, especially if the sign were to fall into oncoming traffic. Remember to stay far enough back from the railing so that if you are holding a sign and it falls it would land on the ground in front of you and not on the highway.
Please keep in mind that the funeral procession time is subject to change.
By Christie Post