National Day of the Cowboy
Should have been on a Saturday
Back on June 11th, when there was still plenty of time to get our nation’s financial affairs in order, the US Senate declared that July 25th would be National Day of the Cowboy. Can you believe it?
This story made news in New Zealand, published by Horsetalk! The American Senate has no horse sense at all.
“US Senate announces national cowboy day
June 11, 2009
The United States Senate has decreed that Saturday, July 25, will be National Day of the Cowboy.
The bill, introduced by Senator Mike Enzi, encourages Americans to observe the day with "appropriate ceremonies and activities".
The Senate resolution said the day was to honour the work of cowboys both past and present for their honesty, integrity, courage, compassion, respect, strong work ethic and patriotism.
Cowboy spirit exemplified strength of character, sound family values and good common sense, the Senate said.
The American Horse Council said it was pleased with the passing of the bill, which it said paid tribute to the enduring legacy of the cowboy in America and the contributions cowboys continue to make to the US nation today.
"I am happy the United States Senate is honouring such an enduring cultural icon of the American West that is irrevocably linked with the history of the horse in this country," said the council president Jay Hickey.
"It is important to remember the cowboy and the horse remain an important part of America still. This resolution recognises both the history and the continuing contribution of the American cowboy."”