National Day of the Cowboy

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 12:45am
Tatum Holdener

Every year on the fourth Saturday of July, we celebrate our American heroes: Cowboys.

In the words of the former President Bush, “We celebrate the Cowboy as a symbol of the grand history of the American West. The Cowboy’s love of the land and love of the country are examples for all Americans.”

National Day of the Cowboy is a day to commemorate our cowboys and cowgirls who have played a huge role in our nation’s western culture and heritage.

As Americans moved out West the demand for cattle was growing significantly. With some odd 5 million head of cattle, cowboys moved their herds where the profits were.

The draw of riches and adventure mounted on a horse and a backdrop of the Great Plains truly painted the image of the American cowboy.

Where the dust settles reveals much of the stoic truth of the American cowboy and cowgirl. The life of a cowboy required a particular ability to live in a frontier world.  To do so requires loyalty, respect and a willingness to work hard.

With the lack of law in the West, cowboys created their own guidelines on how to live their life. These rules became known as the “Code of the West”- an unwritten, socially agreed upon set of informal statutes shaping the cowboy culture of the Old West.  

In honor of National Day of the Cowboy, let’s practice these Old West laws to bring out the cowboy in all of us.

1. Live each day with courage.
2. Take pride in your work.
3. Always finish what you start.
4. Do what has to be done.
5. Be tough, but fair.
6. When you make a promise, keep it.
7. Ride for the brand.
8. Talk less and say more.
9. Remember that some things aren’t for sale
10. Know where to draw the line.

God Bless Cowboys.

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