Saturday, July 28 is officially the “National Day of the American Cowboy.”
In 2005, late Wyoming Senator Craig Thomas declared the National Day of the American Cowboy. A day to honor the history and importance of the cowboy, and to coincide with the final week of Cheyenne Frontier Days.
Current Wyoming US Senator, Mike Enzi and North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp introduced the declaration Tuesday into the United States Senate. It was co-sponsored by Wyoming Senator John Barrasso, as well as Senators from Idaho, Oregon, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Montana, New Mexico, Colorado, and Nevada.
It was passed unanimously.
The official resolution states,
“The cowboy embodies honesty, integrity, courage, compassion, respect, a strong work ethic, and patriotism,” and that the cowboy archetype “transcends ethnicity, gender, geographic boundaries, and political affiliations.”