The funeral procession for Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle will be 200 miles long. It starts in his hometown of Midlothian and ends here in Austin, at the Texas State Cemetery.
Austin police expect the procession to arrive in Austin Tuesday around noon. The cemetery will be closed as well as the streets around it for security reasons.
Monday, Austin police released their plans. They expect the procession to reach the city limits around 11:30 a.m. They will be traveling down I-35. The highway will not be closed. They plan to take the 6th Street exit and then turn down 7th Street to reach the cemetery.
They are asking for those who wish to show their support to line up along the feeder roads and on the overpasses along I-35. Signs are welcome, but you are asked not to attach them to the overpasses.
The ceremony at the cemetery will be private. There will be a military presence here. And that means tight security. The cemetery staff isn't releasing where Kyle's final resting place will be, just somewhere in the central section.
This is sure to draw a lot of people to Austin. This is APD's message to drivers.
"Please be patient and show respect for Chief Petty Officer Kyle. If they need to get somewhere in a hurry hopefully they will find an alternate route like Mopac or somewhere else north, south to get through Austin," said APD Corporal Davis Boyd.
An APD officer attended the memorial service in Arlington Monday. Those with the gold star moms and blue star moms are rallying for everyone to line and show support Tuesday.