Feb. 2 declared Chris Kyle Day

Chris Kyle during a book signing at Camp Pendleton in January 2012.

In honor of Midlothian's fallen Navy SEAL and American hero Chris Kyle, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Feb. 2 as Chris Kyle Day.

"America is the brightest beacon of freedom the world has ever known for one simple reason – because of you – our veterans, the men and women who put service above self," Governor Abbott said in a press release. "As Governor, I will constantly work to find ways to help our veterans. It’s our duty to help those who helped make America so exceptional. And it’s our duty to honor those whose sacrifice has preserved our freedom."