Hey, ya’ll. This is HUGE! The U.S. Senate in late June approved a resolution cosponsored by Senator Jeff Bingaman to honor the American Cowboy.

The resolution, which declares July 24, 2010 as “National Day of the American Cowboy,” will give the state an opportunity to recognize the enduring legacy of Western culture.

“Cowboys are an essential part of New Mexico’s past and present. Bingaman said. “The National Day of the Cowboy gives us all an opportunity to recognize this important part of our cultural history.”

The text of the resolution is as follows:

Whereas pioneering men and women, recognized as `cowboys’, helped 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 is an excellent steward of the land and its creatures, who lives off the land and works to protect and enhance the environment;

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 Nation who contribute to the economic well-being of every State;

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

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 24, 2010, 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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