The late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle has been honored with a memorial in his hometown of Odessa, Texas.
On July 28, the Chris Kyle Memorial Plaza was unveiled to a crowd of friends and family in the west Texas town. According to the Odessa American, a statue of Kyle sits on a 48,000-pound limestone base and stands 15 feet tall. The Odessa Chamber of Commerce reports that the Plaza cost $1 million to build and features four trees from President George W. Bush’s Crawford Ranch.
Kyle served four tours in the Iraq War and was awarded the Silver Star Medal and four Bronze Stars for his brave efforts. With 255 kills, Kyle is the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history. His 2012 autobiography, American Sniper, became a best-seller and was adapted to film in 2014.
In 2013, fellow veteran Eddie Routh gunned down Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a gun range in Glen Rose, Texas. Routh was later convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility for parole.