April 10, 2008 - Issue: Vol. 154, No. 57 — Daily Edition110th Congress (2007 - 2008) - 2nd Session
SENATE RESOLUTION 512--HONORING THE LIFE OF CHARLTON HESTON
(Senate - April 10, 2008)
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[Page S2951] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] SENATE RESOLUTION 512--HONORING THE LIFE OF CHARLTON HESTON Mr. DeMINT (for himself, Mr. Baucus, Mr. McConnell, Mr. Allard, Mr. Chambliss, Mr. Cornyn, Mr. Craig, Mr. Ensign, Mr. Enzi, Mr. Inhofe, Mr. Nelson of Nebraska, and Mr. Webb) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary: S. Res. 512 Whereas the United States has lost a great patriot with the passing of Charlton Heston; Whereas Charlton Heston first became beloved by the Nation as a great actor and portrayed many heroic figures, including Moses, Michelangelo, Andrew Jackson, John the Baptist, Mark Antony, and El Cid in epic movies of the 1950s and 1960s, and won the 1959 Best Actor Academy Award (Oscar) for playing the title character in ``Ben-Hur''; Whereas Charlton Heston was a leader in many areas of life outside of acting, including serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild, which he helped to integrate with Ronald Reagan, and as chairman of the American Film Institute; Whereas Charlton Heston was an active supporter of the civil rights movement, including protesting the showing of his film at a segregated movie theater in Oklahoma City and participating in and leading the Arts Group in the 1963 civil rights march on Washington; Whereas, in the last major public role of his life, Charlton Heston was president of the National Rifle Association from June 1998 until April 2003; Whereas, as president of the National Rifle Association, Charlton Heston was a stalwart defender of the 2nd Amendment right of citizens to keep and bear arms and was an active and effective promoter of wildlife management through hunting; Whereas in 2003 Charlton Heston was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation's highest civilian honor; Whereas Charlton Heston was born in Evanston, Illinois, on October 4, 1923, and his parents moved to St. Helen, Michigan, where he grew up; Whereas in 1943 Charlton Heston enlisted in the Army Air Forces and served as a radio-gunner in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, and in 1947 he was discharged from the Army; Whereas in 1944 Charlton Heston married the love of his life, Lydia Clarke, to whom he had been married 64 years at his death; Whereas Charlton and Lydia Heston are the parents of 2 children, Fraser Heston and Holly Heston Rochell; Whereas Charlton Heston passed away on April 5, 2008, and the contributions he made to his family and his Nation will not be forgotten: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate-- (1) honors the life, achievements, and contributions of Charlton Heston; and (2) extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Charlton Heston for the loss of such a great and generous man, husband, and father. ____________________