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Cowboys Stadium to host slain Navy SEAL's memorial

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ARLINGTON, Texas -

Plans are coming together to honor the murdered Navy SEAL who many considered an American hero.

Chris Kyle's public memorial service will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

The venue was chosen because of the large turnout expected and because officials want to treat him with all the dignity of an officer who died in the line of duty.

The decorated military sniper was shot to death Saturday at a shooting range in Erath County. His friend Chad Littlefield was also killed.

Kyle and Littlefield were apparently trying to help murder suspect Eddie Routh, a Marine veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

In a video statement posted online, Kyle's brother said he lived by a professional motto, "It is our duty to serve those who serve us."

"He gave so much of his life to charitable cause that assisted military personnel and their families and died while trying to help a struggling service member," Jeff Kyle said. "We're all saddened by his tragic death and America has lost one of its finest sons and a true patriot."

Dignitaries, elected officials, national and international figures are expected to attend Kyle's memorial service, in addition to law enforcement from around the country and people Kyle trained with and taught at the highest levels.

Officials said the event will include tight security. There will be metal detectors and no purses, backpacks or jackets will be allowed.

Several agencies will take part in the salute, including the Patriot Guard.

"This man spent his time on the wall defending our way of life. We have to pay honor for what he's done," said Mike Lambert with the Patriot Guard Riders of Texas.

Plans are also underway to posthumously recognize Kyle as an honorary member of the Texas Rangers law enforcement agency.

Meanwhile, family and friends are planning to remember Littlefield on Friday. His funeral will be held at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Midlothian.

Donations for both men can be made at www.thecraft.com/InMemoriam.html?Category=49084.

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