J4493

Urging the Secretary of the Interior to recognize the historical significance of Roberto Clemente's place of death near Pinones in L...

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J4493


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION urging the Secretary of the Interior to recognize
the historical significance of Roberto Clemente's place of death near
Pinones in Loiza, Puerto Rico, by adding it to the National Register of
Historic Places

WHEREAS, Roberto Clemente was an American baseball legend who embodied
the values of a model citizen; and
WHEREAS, Roberto Clemente won two Major League Baseball World Series
Championships, was named World Series Most Valuable Player, and was an
All-Star for 12 seasons; and
WHEREAS, Roberto Clemente served this Nation as a United States Marine
Corps Reservist; and
WHEREAS, Roberto Clemente was the first Puerto Rican inducted into the
Baseball Hall of Fame; and
WHEREAS, Roberto Clemente was inducted into the Marine Corps Sports
Hall of Fame; and
WHEREAS, Roberto Clemente was committed to caring and helping those in
need, regardless of their location; and
WHEREAS, Roberto Clemente selflessly chose to travel to an earthq-
uake-ridden Nicaragua to provide humanitarian aid; and
WHEREAS, Roberto Clemente's plane crashed shortly after taking off
from San Juan-Isla Verde International Airport/Aeropuerto Internacional
do Isla Verde on December 31, 1972; and
WHEREAS, Roberto Clemente was only 38 years old when he tragically
passed away; and
WHEREAS, Roberto Clemente's passion and advocacy demonstrated the
positive influence that professional athletes could have in improving
the lives of others; and
WHEREAS, Roberto Clemente challenged the stereotypes that had margi-
nalized native Spanish speakers in this Nation and remains an icon to
many Puerto Ricans and Latinos in the United States and Latin America;
and
WHEREAS, Major League Baseball presents an annual Roberto Clemente
Award to the player that best embodies Roberto Clemente's value of
service to others and represents the game of baseball through extraor-
dinary character, community involvement, philanthropy, and positive
contributions, both on and off the field; and
WHEREAS, Roberto Clemente was posthumously awarded the Presidential
Medal of Freedom, Presidential Citizens Medal, and the Congressional
Gold Medal for his civic and charitable contributions; and
WHEREAS, The crash site in the adjacent area to Playa Aviones in the
municipality of Loiza, Puerto Rico, was the last place Roberto Clemente
graced this world; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor the memory of Roberto Clemente as a great humanitarian and
athlete; to recognize Roberto Clemente as the embodiment of a baseball
legend that contributed to the betterment of society; and to request
that the Secretary of the Interior recognize the crash site of Roberto
Clemente's airplane and the adjacent land by adding such site to the
National Register of Historic Places.

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  • 06 / Apr / 2018
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE

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