Arizona sets aside day to honor cowboys

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer honouring the Western States unique cowboy culture.

Reuters April 07, 2013
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer addresses the media in Phoenix, Arizona, June 25, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS

PHOENIX: The cowboy now has a home on the range in Arizona.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Friday signed legislation creating an annual "National Day of the Cowboy" to honour the Western state's "unique cowboy culture" and recognize its proper place in history.

"Many of the blessings enjoyed by Arizonans today are because of the contributions of our Keepers of the Range: The Arizona cowboy and cowgirl," Brewer, a Republican, said in a statement on Friday.

"These men and women - of all races and backgrounds - are among the truest symbols of the American southwest."

The cowboys will be honored every fourth Saturday in July. It will not be a paid legal holiday.

Arizona, which last year celebrated its 100th anniversary, becomes the fourth state in the nation to observe such a day, joining New Mexico, Wyoming and California.


the Skunk | 8 years ago | Reply

Madam, Governor Jan Brewer, please do not forget to mention the present day fastest selling author of the Wild West, Louis L'Amour (late). In graphic detail, he brought to life, the ways and means of the cowboy and has the honor of receiving a Special National Gold Medal from the US Congress and the Medal of Freedom from President Reagan. Without a special reference to Mr. L'Amour, A National Day of the Cowboy will be without a soul. Many thanx and Salams

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