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The multitalented Johnny Cash is blessed with his own holiday from Arkansas

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Country music legend Johnny Cash displays his Pioneer Award for lifetime achievement for photographers backstage at the 26th Annual Country Music Awards in Universal City, April 24, 1991. (AP Photo/Bob Galbraith)

The country legend Johnny Cash is about to get his own day in Arkansas.

What an awesome way to be honored in your hometown, this is definitely one for the books.

Johnny Cash has been a true inspiration to so many people, and now those people have an opportunity to honor him on his special day.

The Arkansas House on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill that would make Feb. 26 “Johnny Cash Day,” voting 92-0 to send the measure to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who will sign it, according to his office.

The state Senate approved the bill earlier this month.

The day won’t be a legal holiday but instead will be a memorial day marked by an annual proclamation from the governor.

It is the state’s latest effort to honor Cash, who was born in Kingsland, a tiny town about 60 miles south of Little Rock.

The Legislature in 2019 voted to replace its two statues at the U.S. Capitol with ones of the country music legend and of civil rights leader Daisy Bates.

A fundraising effort is underway for both statues.