Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Top Cowboy of Texas

*Note - Gov. Perry frequently departs from prepared remarks.
Monday, November 26, 2001  •  Speech

Thank you Alvin.  This recognition is especially meaningful because it comes from you, a cowboy in the truest sense of the word.

It’s good to know that Cowboy prose, and Cowboy poetry, is alive and well.

Having grown up in the booming West Texas Metropolis of Paint Creek, I know the Cowboy Ways of the past are not the fading symbols of a dying breed.

Yes, we have updated our ways of getting around, moving from horse to automobile, and you don’t see too many folks wearing holsters.  But to this day there are countless Texans keeping the cowboy spirit alive on farms and ranches, and in our rural towns.

The Cowboy values transcend time- neighbors helping neighbors, a love for the land, and a strong sense of duty, honor and justice.

When I get back to Austin I am going to place this beautiful sculpture next to the hand-made saddle in my office. It will be my small effort to keep the Western Spirit alive in the 21st Century.  And I am looking for to putting on this shiny new belt buckle.

I want to thank everyone for participating in the National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration.  The preservation of our unique blend of cultures gives more meaning to the title “Texan” that we all share.

Cowboy lore is a rich treasure chest from our past.  I want to thank, again, Alvin Davis, for keeping the Cowboy Culture alive for all to see and experience.

Alvin has blessed us all, from the time he helped defend our freedom during World War II, through the many decades he has dedicated himself to Cowboy Culture.  Thank you for this honor, and God bless this America we all love.

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