On this day two years ago, Chris Kyle lost his life.

Since then, his story has become an international sensation with the release of “American Sniper.” Patriots from both sides of the aisle have had to come forward and defend Kyle—and the military—from attacks on Kyle’s character and the role that he played during his tours in Iraq; but one state governor is going one step further by declaring today “Chris Kyle Day.”

From Fox News:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared Feb. 2 as “Chris Kyle Day” in his state, honoring the late sniper as a petition drive also gets underway to consider him for the Medal of Honor.

Kyle, considered to be the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, is the subject of the blockbuster film “American Sniper.”

Though the movie has been controversial, Abbott told Fox News he decided to honor Kyle because “he’s an American hero.”

“He had the guts to stand up and defend this country,” Abbott, a Republican governor, told Fox News on Monday.

He issued the proclamation at noon in Austin, Texas’ capital.

Meanwhile, White House petitions have been launched calling for Kyle to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

Although the Medal of Honor isn’t on the books yet, Chris Kyle Day is—at least in Texas:

Of course, the left took the opportunity to have a hate-filled meltdown:

I think that the fact that liberals are melting down over this is proof that it was the right call, to be honest. The American culture war is a very real battle for the hearts and minds of the American people; doubling down on an issue that’s both cultural and relates to the security and freedom of our country is probably the single most effective way to, if not change minds, at least get people to sit up and pay attention to what’s going on.

Institutional lefties wants to make Chris Kyle and others like him fade into the backdrop of history; today, Greg Abbott told them to take a hike, and for that, he deserves our gratitude and our support.

Thank you Governor Abbott, and thank you Chris Kyle, for making this country a very uncomfortable place for those whose life calling it is to roll back freedom.