Sniper's funeral procession to draw enormous crowd; route not revealed

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by TERESA WOODARD and JIM DOUGLAS

WFAA

Posted on February 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

ALVARADO -- Though they don't know exactly where they'll see it, the people at VFW Post 9299 know what they'd like to see.

"It would be nice to be wall-to-wall, all the way from here to the destination," said Robin McCullough, who has coordinated patriotic displays by the post. "It would be nice to get out there early, and line the roads and bridges with American flags."

The post in Alvarado might be right along the route of the procession carrying former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's body to Austin, but it might not be. Police will not reveal the exact plans because of safety concerns.

But we do know the procession will be long -- planners say the procession from Midlothian to Austin could be between one-to-three miles in length. Patriot Guard Riders are rumbling in from all over on their motorcycles.

"We could have 400 or 4,000," said ride captain Larry Key.

He says riders are especially motivated to honor Kyle because of his work to help returning vets.

McCullough  and Key are not alone in wanting to show Kyle and his family respect and support. There's an spreading effort on Facebook encouraging Texans to line I-35 Tuesday morning.

People in Waco are already mapping out the best places. Waco American history teacher Mary Duty, who has a son who served, is behind one of the Facebook postings.

"My vision would be people lined up shoulder-to-shoulder, flag-to-flag, all the way to Austin," she said after school Friday. "Chris Kyle saved many many lives in Iraq. We know he did, and beside the lives he saved in Iraq, he was working to save lives here at home."

The principal at her school has offered a school bus so Mary can take students to the route and offer Kyle and his family a proper salute.

So many believe Kyle deserves a tribute like no other. And from all indications, he'll get it.

"We'd like to get all our rural community out and just -- we're here for the family," said McCullough, choking back tears. "And we are always here for all our veterans."

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