WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution declaring July 27, 2019, as the “National Day of the American Cowboy.”
The resolution was sponsored by U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. and Jon Tester, D-Mont. Wyoming Senator John Barrasso was also a cosponsor.
The day commemorates the “pioneering men and women who helped establish the American West,” according to a press release from Enzi’s office.
“I am proud to lead this resolution that resonates with our Cowboy State,” Enzi said. “The cowboy legend still lives in our culture and our imaginations. We look to cowboys as role models for how to live up to the best American qualities.”
Former U.S. Senator Craig Thomas, R-Wyo., started this tradition in 2005. Every year since, the U.S. Senate has passed this resolution, which also coincides with Cheyenne Frontier Days.
According to the resolution, “the cowboy embodies honesty, integrity, courage, compassion, respect, a strong work ethic, and patriotism,” and the cowboy archetype “transcends ethnicity, gender, geographic boundaries, and political affiliations.”
To read the full resolution, click here.