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Charlton Heston Statement Upon Receiving Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Monday, July 28, 2003

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Academy Award winning actor and civil rights activist Charlton Heston was honored to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation`s highest civilian award, from President George W. Bush today and issued the following statement: "I am very humbled and honored today, and grateful to President Bush for his generosity in allowing my family to share in this moment. My life’s work, recognized on this deeply moving occasion, would be nothing had not my lovely wife, Lydia, been by my side all these years. I share this honor with her, and with my children and grandchildren, the next generation of free Americans. Thomas Wolfe wrote that America is `… the only fabulous country, where miracles not only happen, they happen all the time.` The life of this once-scrawny kid from the Michigan woods, who tried to heed his father`s advice to, `Do your best, keep your promises,` has indeed been a miracle. May God bless you all, and God bless the United States of America." - ch -

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