#NationalDayOfTheCowboy - the 4th Saturday of July. According to the National Day of the Cowboy Organization, this day “…is a day set aside to celebrate the contributions of the Cowboy and Cowgirl to America’s culture and heritage." ... . The life of a cowboy required a particular ability to live in a frontier world. To do so requires respect, loyalty and a willingness to work hard. 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.” ... Earlier in July my husband & I ate at Rancher's Grill, a steakhouse in Deming, NM, along with our grandson who had arrived on the Amtrak train minutes earlier to spend a few days in his native state of New Mexico. We also enjoyed the western decor of the restaurant (previous photo shows where our table was). Thanks to the server who pointed out the scene around the corner that covered one wall with a life-size poster of John Wayne as the focal point with some real saddles on the fence & other western art & items on the wall. What a great opportunity to take pictures with "The Duke" as well (which we did!) When I realized yesterday was National Day of the Cowboy, & altho a day late, I just had to post this scene showing one of our favorite actors & representatives of the American Cowboy, John Wayne ... Thank You to All the Cowboys & Cowgirls, past, present, & future in America & other countries around the world for your amazing contributions!