Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the gentleman yielding. And I want to thank Mr. Young from Alaska for offering this resolution. I'm certainly proud to support this resolution honoring Charlton Heston's iconic life.
Charlton Heston has done much for this country in many, many different areas of public involvement and public service. He appeared in over 100 films during 60 years, but he's best remembered by me as Moses. To many Americans, Moses died on April 5, 2008.
As a kid, I actually thought Heston was Moses. I can remember sitting in a Sunday school class as a young kid when the teacher asked me if I'd ever read about Moses and the 10 Commandments in the Bible. And I said no, but I saw the movie version.
Charlton Heston brought Moses to life in a way that no one else could. As Moses, Heston lifted his staff in the 10 Commandments to rally the Israelites. But in his personal life he lifted his musket to rally millions of Americans. The second amendment was his tablet of stone, proclaiming the right to bear arms.
Heston was quite the intense actor, and wonderful patriot. Heston once said, "It's been quite a ride. I loved every minute of it." And his life was certainly extraordinary.
So, Mr. Speaker, I thank "Moses Heston" for bringing life to history and for being a great American during his life.
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