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Retired Navy SEAL Chris Kyle laid to rest in Texas State Cemetery

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Click the video above to watch our coverage of the procession through Austin to the Texas State Cemetery.

Retired Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle was laid to rest in the Texas State Cemetery Tuesday afternoon.

His funeral procession began about 8:00 in the morning in Midlothian, Tex. just south of Dallas and Fort Worth, and traveled south on Interstate 35. Thousands of motorcyclists, police vehicles and buses made the trip to Austin.

On the side of the highway and on overpasses along the way, Central Texans showed their support, waving signs and American flags.

Our Dan Robertson was in Waco where he spoke with Patriot Guard riders about their mission.

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In Waco, the procession was joined by motorcycle riders from the Central Texas chapter of the Patriot Guard. The riders organized Tuesday not only for the fallen Navy SEAL, but for every man and woman who has served.

"He's a fallen brother. He served his time. He put on his uniform, he did his, you know, just like the rest of us," Ron Decker with the Patriot Guard said. "The Patriot Guard honors all the fallen veterans."

Mike Budro rode through wind, rain and hail to be here.

"I plan on getting in this procession and going to that cemetery one way or another to support his family and support all veterans," he said.

As the procession rolled through town, one hundred or more Patriot Guard Riders move into position.

"He was a patriot. Anybody who's been in the military knows why we're out here," veteran Tim Meyer said.

And here in Austin, YNN's Jess Mitchell caught up with onlookers along the route.

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And as the procession neared Austin, dozens lined the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard overpass at Interstate 35 to watch the vehicles pass below.

The Reynolds family was scheduled to spend the morning at church, but instead chose to make the 30-minute drive to Austin instead.

As a veteran, Kelton Reynolds said he felt inclined to watch CPO Kyle’s procession through Central Texas. He and his wife were some of the first people to gather on the bridge.

"I wouldn't have missed this for the world," Kelton Reynolds said. "Things like this I feel like I owe it to my fellow man and to the brave acts that they've done and the cause, I feel fortunate that I'm able to do so health-wise."

Dozens of others were on the same page.

"He's a Texan, he's an American and it’s too bad we didn't do this for all of the service men that came back from various wars," Bulverde resident Jeff Lacott said.

Austin Police Officers were stationed at 11 overpasses to make sure no one hung banners or signs over the edge as it could be hazardous for the procession below.

At the Texas State Cemetery, Russell Wilde met up with friends and family of the slain sniper.

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"He gave so much for our country and asked for so little in return. This was a celebration of his life and what he's done for this country," Todd Wallace, a friend of the fallen Navy SEAL, said.

Walace joined family, friends and a group of Navy SEALs inside the State Cemetery.

"The greatest part was watching his fellow service men as they played taps all kneel down next to his casket with him," Wallace said.

A decorated marksman, Kyle's final resting place is just feet from the cemetery's monuments to military service.

On Monday, thousands paid their respects at a memorial service at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Nearly 7,000 people attended the service and thousands made the trip to Austin to lay him to rest.

Kyle was killed at the Rough Creek Lodge shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas, about 50 miles from Fort Worth.

Authorities say retired Marine Eddie Ray Routh killed Kyle and another man, Chad Littlefield, on Feb. 2. Littlefield was buried last week in his hometown of Midlothian. Routh is being held in an Erath County Jail.

Not only was Kyle a decorated Navy SEAL, but he also wrote a book about his time in Iraq called American Sniper.

Tuesday's procession was not without incident, however. Two Patriot Guard motorcyclists in the procession took a spill on the wet roads. Uniformed Navy Seals in the convoy performed first aid until an ambulance arrived and transported the injured to a local hospital.

The names and conditions of the injured riders have not been released.


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