By Senators Brown, Braun, Hewitt, Dammeier, Kohl-Welles, and Hatfield

     WHEREAS, Washington state's pioneering men and women known as cowboys helped establish America's western frontiers; and
     WHEREAS, Cowboy and ranching traditions have been part of the American landscape and culture since 1523; and
     WHEREAS, Today's cowboys and cowgirls continue to strive to preserve and perpetuate this unique element of America's heritage; and
     WHEREAS, The cowboy Vaquero spirit exemplifies patriotism and strength of character; and
     WHEREAS, The cowboy archetype transcends gender, generations, ethnicity, geographic boundaries, and political affiliations; and
     WHEREAS, The cowboy is an excellent steward of the land, its resources, and its creatures; and
     WHEREAS, The cowboy embodies honesty, courage, compassion, and resolve; and
     WHEREAS, The core values expressed within the Cowboy Code of Conduct continue to inspire the pursuit of the highest caliber of integrity; and
     WHEREAS, The cowboy is a true American icon occupying a central place in American literature, art, film, poetry, photography, and music; and
     WHEREAS, Annual attendance at rodeos exceeds 30,000,000 fans worldwide; and
     WHEREAS, Membership and participation in the National Day of the Cowboy Organization, Single Action Shooting Society, Working Ranch Rodeo Association, Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association, American Quarter Horse Association, Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association, Championship Bull Riding, Working Ranch Rodeo, Women's Pro Rodeo, U.S. Team Roping, the Western Music Association, and other organizations that encompass the livelihood of the cowboy continues to expand both nationally and internationally;
     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate join these organizations in celebrating the "National Day of the Cowboy" on the fourth Saturday in July and encourage the people of Washington and the United States of America to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

I, Hunter G. Goodman, Secretary of the Senate,
do hereby certify that this is a true and
correct copy of Senate Resolution 8696,
adopted by the Senate
February 27, 2014

Secretary of the Senate