Taya Kyle, the widow of the U.S. Navy SEAL who inspired the blockbuster “American Sniper,” posted a tear-jerking letter to her late husband on Facebook on what would have been the couple’s 13th wedding anniversary.
“I miss you and I love you,” Kyle wrote to her husband Chris Kyle, who was killed two years ago at a shooting range in Texas. “I feel you in my heart and soul so strongly. I am more blessed to have been your wife than anything else in my life.”
She described her sniper husband as both “tough” and “romantic,” recalling times he surprised her with a dozen roses, and booked a night at a San Diego hotel and took her to a play.
“Today, I have a choice,” she wrote. “I can bury myself under the covers and acknowledge the pain of missing you and mourn the future anniversaries without you. Or, I can celebrate never having a day without you in my heart because you loved me enough to leave me a lifetime of memories and beauty. I am somewhere in between today.”
“And if I didn’t tell you enough in life, then let me tell you today … YOU Chris Kyle, are IT for me,” Kyle continued. “YOU are the package deal who makes hanging on worth it.”
She ends the letter by thanking her husband for marrying her, adding that she’s the one who had to pop the question.
The couple wed in 2002 and had two children.
Chris Kyle is known as the most successful military sniper in history. He retired from the military in 2009 and wrote a book about his experiences, “American Sniper,” which was the inspiration for last year’s film of the same name, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper.
Former U.S. Marine Eddie Ray Routh was recently found guilty of shooting and killing Chris and another friend while the three were at a shooting range in February 2013. Routh will serve life in prison.