Late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle was awarded with the state of Texas’ highest military honor Wednesday.
Gov. Greg Abbott presented the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Kyle’s family, Fox4 reported. His wife, Taya, accepted the posthumous honor on his behalf.
Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, were killed two years ago by an Army veteran they had tried to help.
“We can never repay the debt we owe for the lives Chris Kyle saved and the freedom that he helped preserve for the U.S., but we can honor Chris Kyle’s memory, his patriotism, his inspiration, his sacrifice,” Abbott said during the ceremony. “For his remarkable valor, Chris Kyle is more assuredly deserving of the state’s most highest supreme military award.”
Kyle was the subject of the movie American Sniper.
This wasn’t the first time Abbott had honored Kyle’s service.
Abbott had declared Feb. 2 “Chris Kyle Day” across Texas, marking the two-year anniversary of the sniper’s death, and in June, Abbott designated part of U.S. Route 287 in Midlothian as the Chris Kyle Memorial Highway.
Abbott also awarded the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Lt. Col. William “Ed” Dyess, a World War II veteran who died in 1943.