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Johnson announces National Day of the American Cowboy

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KELO-AM) U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) announced today the introduction of a Senate Resolution to designate July 26, 2014 as the National Day of the American Cowboy.  This resolution recognizes the important role that the cowboy has played in the American West and calls on people to celebrate the cowboy’s influence on our history and culture.

“Let’s all give a ten gallon cheer for the National Day of the American Cowboy,” said Johnson.  “Cowboys were integral to the early development of South Dakota and the American West, and continue to play a vital role in our rural economies. They are the embodiment of our state’s western traditions, and I invite you to join me in celebrating them on the National Day of the American Cowboy.”

Full text of the “National Day of the American Cowboy” can be found below:

Designating July 26, 2014, as ‘‘National Day of the American Cowboy’’.

Whereas pioneering men and women, recognized as ‘‘cowboys’’, helped to establish the American West;

Whereas the cowboy embodies honesty, integrity, courage, compassion, respect, a strong work ethic, and patriotism;

Whereas the cowboy spirit exemplifies strength of character, sound family values, and good common sense;

Whereas the cowboy archetype transcends ethnicity, gender, geographic boundaries, and political affiliations;

Whereas the cowboy, who lives off the land and works to protect and enhance the environment, is an excellent steward of the land and its creatures;

Whereas cowboy traditions have been a part of American culture for generations;

Whereas the cowboy continues to be an important part of the economy through the work of many thousands of ranchers across the United States who contribute to the economic well-being of every State;

Whereas millions of fans watch professional and working ranch rodeo events annually, making rodeo one of the most-watched sports in the United States;

Whereas membership and participation in rodeo and other organizations that promote and encompass the livelihood of cowboys span every generation and transcend race and gender;

Whereas the cowboy is a central figure in literature, film, and music and occupies a central place in the public imagination;

Whereas the cowboy is an American icon; and

Whereas the ongoing contributions made by cowboys and cowgirls to their communities should be recognized and encouraged: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate—

(1) designates July 26, 2014, as ‘‘National Day of the American Cowboy’’; and

(2) encourages the people of the United States to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

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