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Hundreds bid farewell to slain Navy SEAL

  • February 12, 2013 - 9:30 PM

AUSTIN, TEXAS - After a 200-mile journey, former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle was buried Tuesday in Austin as his family members and fellow SEALS looked on amid the sounds of drums and bagpipes.

A giant Texas flag flew at half-mast over the Texas State Cemetery as Kyle was laid to rest. Kyle, considered to be the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, was killed along with a friend earlier this month while at a north Texas gun range.

A hearse carrying Kyle's flag-draped coffin was among 200 vehicles in a procession that left Tuesday morning from Kyle's hometown of Midlothian, about 25 miles southwest of Dallas, to travel to Austin. Many motorists pulled to the side of roads to watch the procession that included motorcycles, motor coaches, police cruisers and other vehicles.

In Austin, hundreds of people gathered on roads stretching nearly a mile from the cemetery. Many who came to watch the procession were combat veterans in leather jackets who parked their motorcycles three deep around the permitted area of the gravesite. Others were businessmen in suits on their lunch break from the nearby Capitol, families with strollers and at least one jogger taking a break from an afternoon run.

Kyle, 37, completed four tours in Iraq and wrote the bestselling book "American Sniper."

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Poetry Society honors Robert Bly

The Poetry Society of America has bestowed its highest honor on Minneapolis poet Robert Bly. The Frost Medal, which recognizes a lifetime devoted to poetry, has gone previously to Wallace Stevens, Lucille Clifton, Marianne Moore and Gwendolyn Brooks.

Bly has written, published and translated poetry throughout his life. His first book, "Silence in the Snowy Fields," was published in 1962, and his most recent book, "Talking Into the Ear of a Donkey," was published in 2011. In between, he has published more than 30 volumes.

Bly is well-known for his fierce opposition to the Vietnam War, his literary magazine, The Fifties (later called The Sixties and The Seventies), and "Iron John," his book that launched the men's movement and that spent 62 weeks on the New York Times' bestseller list. He won the National Book Award in 1968 for "The Light Around the Body." Later this spring, Graywolf Press will publish "Airmail: The Letters of Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer."

Bly, 86, grew up in Madison, in western Minnesota, and now lives in Minneapolis.

LAURIE HERTZEL

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