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Siegel's farm carves 'American Sniper' tribute into corn maze in Lockport Township

Siegel's Cottonwood Farm is honoring the military and its veterans in a tribute to Chris Kyle for this year's corn maze.
Siegel's Cottonwood Farm is honoring the military and its veterans in a tribute to Chris Kyle for this year's corn maze.

LOCKPORT TOWNSHIP – Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm is honoring famous sniper Chris Kyle in its newest corn maze.

The maze carving features a skull design donned by Navy SEAL Team 3, of which Kyle was a part of.

Above the skull are the words “CHRIS KYLE,” and the word “HERO” is on the skull.

Flanking the design from the left and right are the words “AMERICAN” and “SNIPER” in honor of the 2014 movie “American Sniper.” The movie was based off Kyle’s 2012 memoir of the same name.

“The movie came out and it did so well,” said Zach Siegel, a farm manager. “I’ve always been a fan of him.”

Kyle is regarded as the most lethal U.S. military sniper in history. Unofficial counts credit him with 160 kills. Kyle was killed Feb. 2, 2013, by a fellow Marine veteran who he was helping cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The movie grossed more than $500 million at the box office.

Around the skull are six crosshairs, one of which targets the name of one of today’s most violent organizations.

“ISIS is in the crosshairs,” Siegel said, adding that his father, farm owner Paul Siegel, isn’t scared of repercussions by the leading Islamic militant group fighting in Iraq and Syria.

The group, which calls itself the Islamic State, has made threats to kill Americans, particularly those who publicly stand against it.

“We want to show them that we believe our military will win,” Siegel said.

The farm, located at 17250 Weber Road, carves a new maze every year. Last year was a Chicago Blackhawks theme.

Right now the cornstalks aren’t tall enough, Siegel said. But the maze is expected to open Sept. 26.

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