AUSTIN -- They stood shoulder to shoulder, holding American flags to honor slain Navy Seal Chris Kyle. Hundreds of Patriot Guard members gathered in Austin at the Texas State Cemetery, they traveled from all over Texas and the United States.
"It's a way for us to say thank you," said Patriot Guard member Bill Bastas.
For hours on Tuesday, the Patriot Guard lined the streets of East Austin and portions of the cemetery for Kyle's private burial. They created a wall of red, white and blue to give their condolences to the Kyle family as they entered the cemetery.
"I didn't know him personally, but he was an exceptional young man," said Navy veteran Emit Stover. "Just paying tribute to a brother."
Patriot Guard members also escorted the 200 mile procession from Midlothian to Austin. Among them, several Navy veterans.
"It's a devastating loss. He survived four tours and was the most accomplished sniper in the United States," said Navy veteran Sean Hanna. "His death is absolutely tragic and heartbreaking."