Happy Monday, everyone! At CursorMania we’re counting down the days until this weekend, which is a long weekend and the official kickoff to summer! Pardon us while we do our happy dance:
Memorial Day weekend, though, shouldn’t be all about partying (even though we know our fans are serious party people). Memorial Day, which was originally known as Decoration Day, is a day for Americans to remember the people who died serving our country. General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, first officially proclaimed Memorial Day on May 5, 1868 and the holiday was first observed on May 30 of that year. Congress passed it as a national holiday in 1971, making it a Federal holiday and closing government buildings on that Monday.
Many towns and cities honor Memorial Day by hosting parades, often incorporating military personnel and members of veteran organizations. Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. host some of the largest parades. In Washington, D.C. soldiers place American flags on each gravestone in Arlington National Cemetery and patrol the cemetery all weekend to ensure that the flags remain standing. This practice is done on a smaller scale in other cities.
So whether you’re heading to the beach this weekend or cooking out, be sure to take a few minutes to remember the men and women who died serving and defending the United States. Visit CursorMania to download free patriotic cursors for your computer or laptop.