Texas lawmakers named May 26 as “John Wayne Day” in the state.
According to PRNewswire, “Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation declaring the iconic star an honorary Texan.”
Wayne rose to fame as one of the most popular movie starts during the 20th century.
PRNewswire reports he’s respected not only a talented movie star, but also “as a loving father, a fisherman, a horseman, a hunter, an adventurer and an unabashed patriot of the United States of America.”
“The Duke’s independent spirit embodies what it means to be a Texan and personifies the storied history of the Lone Star State,” said Gov. Abbott. “I am proud to join all Texans in honoring his legacy and celebrating May 26th as ‘John Wayne Day’.”
“Texas was always an important place to our father,” said Ethan Wayne, the son of the movie icon. “He starred, directed and produced one of his most distinguishing films, The Alamo, and told stories of how he felt it could have been his second home. The culture of the state and the strong pride of this American community reflects the spirit of John Wayne himself.”