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Mark your calendar: July 24 celebrates “National Day of the American Cowboy”

Enzi, Barrasso carry on late Senator Craig Thomas’ tradition

June 30, 2010

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, both R-Wyo., will celebrate the “National Day of the American Cowboy” this July 24. The resolution, which was introduced on June 16 and passed the Senate unanimously on June 29 honors the accomplishments and contributions of cowboys across the nation. This is the sixth annual National Day of the American Cowboy since Senator Craig Thomas began the tradition in 2005.
 
Thomas, a cowboy himself, honored the heritage of his home state and the West by sponsoring a resolution to name the fourth Saturday in July “National Day of the American Cowboy,” which coincides each year with Cheyenne Frontier Days.  Since Thomas’ passing in 2007, Enzi has continued the tradition in honor of his legacy.
 
“Craig set an example by carrying on this important tradition of recognizing the spirit and contributions of cowboys across the country. The Cowboy tradition is woven into all aspects of American life and continues to create a standard to live by,” Enzi said.
 
“The American cowboy symbolizes the spirit, values and traditions that people in Wyoming cherish most.  Washington could benefit from adhering to the cowboy’s commitment to honesty, integrity and hard work.  I look forward to celebrating our American cowboys and cowgirls with the rest of Wyoming on this special day,” said Barrasso.