On July 28, a memorial to Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who was killed on a shooting range by a Marine veteran in 2009, will be unveiled at 8050 E. Highway 191 in Odessa, Texas.
To honor him, a Wyoming based sculptor named Vic Payne created a 15-foot-tall likeness of Kyle that will sit atop a 48,000-pound limestone base near a local Veterans Affairs clinic. Overall, the project ran about $1 million.
Kyle’s widow Taya told the press in a statement that “the goal is for the setting to be a healing and peaceful place for veterans and their families receiving care at the medical center, and those citizens who want to stop by and take a moment in honor of Chris and all those who serve.
According to OA Online, Kyle’s surviving family members are expected to attend and speak at the unveiling. The local news site also reported that government officials, including Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), will be there along with Odessa doctor Sudip Bose, who served as a frontline physician in the second battle of Fallujah, where Kyle fought. Larry Gatlin, a native Odessan and country singer will be singing the national anthem.
“We hope this is a place of solemn peace for them as they see what a community has done to honor one of its own and that will last for generations to come,” said Odessa oilman Kirk Edwards, who chairs the Chris Kyle Memorial Committee.
The plaza not only hosts Kyle’s statue, but is also surrounded by four trees from former President George W. Bush’s Crawford Ranch. And its limestone base is engraved with names of the 50 states and woven into a Navy Seal trident.
The unveiling will be open to the public, but tickets to a lunch at the Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang cost $17.50 on www.ocwg.org.
More than 7,500 boots on display at Fort Bragg this month served as a temporary memorial to service members from all branches who have died since 9/11.
The boots — which had the service members' photos and dates of death — were on display for Fort Bragg's Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's annual Run, Honor and Remember 5k on May 18 and for the 82nd Airborne Division's run that kicked off All American Week.
"It shows the families the service members are still remembered, honored and not forgotten," said Charlotte Watson, program manager of Fort Bragg's Survivor Outreach Services.
After more than a decade of research and development and upwards of $500 million in funding, the Navy finally plans on testing its much-hyped electromagnetic railgun on a surface warship in a major milestone for the beleaguered weapons system, Navy documents reveal.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Congress fell short ahead of Memorial Day weekend, failing to pass legislation that would provide tax relief for the families of military personnel killed during their service.
Senators unanimously approved a version of the bipartisan Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act Tuesday sending it back to the House of Representatives, where it was tied to a retirement savings bill as an amendment, and passed Thursday.
When it got back to the Senate, the larger piece of legislation failed to pass and make its way to the President Trump's desk.
In less than three years after the National Security Agency found itself subject to an unprecedentedly catastrophic hacking episode, one of the agency's most powerful cyber weapons is reportedly being turned against American cities with alarming frequency by the very foreign hackers it was once intended to counter.
The spectacle of hundreds of thousands of motorcycles roaring their way through the streets of Washington, D.C., to Memorial Day events as part of the annual Rolling Thunder veterans tribute will be a thing of the past after this coming weekend.
Former Army Sgt. Artie Muller, a 73-year-old Vietnam veteran and co-founder of Rolling Thunder, said the logistics and costs of staging the event for Memorial Day, which falls on May 27 this year, were getting too out of hand to continue. The ride had become a tradition in D.C. since the first in 1988.
"It's just a lot of money," said the plainspoken Muller, who laced an interview with a few epithets of regret over having to shut down Rolling Thunder.