The Meaning of Memorial Day- for kids


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The three-day weekend is about more than barbecues, blockbusters and the beach

Memorial Day honors the men and women who serve our country.

Technically, summer doesn’t start until June 21. But many people consider Memorial Day to be the unofficial start of the season. This year, we celebrate the holiday on May 25. Many families will heat up the grill, head to the beach or take in a big blockbuster movie. But Memorial Day has the word “memorial” in it for a reason.

Soldier Donnie Terrell, a member of the U.S. Army, carries his daughter Hailey during a parade at MacDill Air Force Base, in Tampa, Florida.

Soldier Donnie Terrell, a member of the U.S. Army, carries his daughter Hailey during a parade at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.

The holiday got started on May 30, 1868, when Union General John A. Logan declared the day an occasion to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers. Twenty years later, the name was changed to Memorial Day. On May 11, 1950, Congress passed a resolution requesting that the President issue a proclamation calling on Americans to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. President Richard M. Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday in 1971. Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday of May. It is an occasion to honor the men and women who died in all wars.

Remembering Those Who Served

It is customary to mark Memorial Day by visiting graveyards and war monuments. One of the biggest Memorial Day traditions is for the President or Vice President to give a speech and lay a wreath on soldiers’ graves in the largest national cemetery, Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia. Most towns have local Memorial Day celebrations. Here are some ways you can honor the men and women who serve our country:

– Put flags or flowers on the graves of men and women who served in wars.

– Fly the U.S. flag at half-staff until noon.

– Visit monuments dedicated to soldiers, sailors and marines.

– Participate in a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time.

– March in a parade.

Help on exterior design of your home!

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As a consultant, I have found that 70% of homeowners are perplexed on colors for the exterior of their home.

Often the design aspects of texture and colors are just want too overwhelming for the customer.

So how would one go about selecting the right colors and design elements? Below are five steps to help choose the right exteriors for your home.

1. Take note of the look and feel of the subdivision as a whole. 

What you do on your home should be in keeping with other homes in the community.

2. Stay true to the architectural design of your home when considering color and design elements.

If your home is Victorian, you want to play up the trim and details with strong color. If it is contemporary, you might choose a white or gray palette with a fire engine red or bright orange front door. If it is traditional, you want to be more subdued with your color selections.

3. Take note of the details of your home’s exterior. 

Walk out to the street in front of your home and get an overall read on the property, paying special attention to the brick, mortar, stone and roof colors. This is where the rubber hits the road.

The colors you select for your home are dictated by the colors that are already there in the “unchanging elements.” Many people overlook this crucial point.

Please do not make the mistake of seeing a home down the street that is painted in colors you think look fabulous and try to transfer them to your home. They will not look the same unless the brick, mortar, stone and roof colors are identical on both homes, which is not typically the case.

4. Pull out the color charts (or fan deck) and see which palettes work best with your home. 

Ask yourself these questions: Are you working with warm tones, or cool? Grays or browns? Do the colors complement the brick or fall flat? Are there any accent hues you can pull out of the brick?

Always remember – the existing colors of your home in the unchanging elements dictate the best paint color choices. At all costs, strive for colors that are complementary to those elements.

Once the color pallet has been achieved then start playing with the details.  Such as adding fish scale, vertical, or shake style siding.

5. If all of this is too daunting, it may be time to call for help from a professional consultant.

We strive to help our customers to achieve the look they want.  Also, be creative atere are several apps to help you visualize the end product.

Here is a link for some helpful apps


Sarah Ryterski


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