Memorial Day is a celebration of freedom and a time to remember. Initiated after the Civil War, it was originally called Decoration Day, honoring fallen soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers and flags. After WWI, the holiday changed to include all veterans who died serving
their country in any war and, in 1971, the last Monday in May officially became Memorial Day. At
Arlington National Cemetery an American flag is placed on every grave and, on Memorial Day, a flowered wreath is placed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Honor and remember those who sacrificed so much for a free America
Memorial Day remembrances take many forms, including family gatherings, neighborhood events, and national and local ceremonies. This year with safe distancing a factor for any gathering, community events like parades, carnivals and festivals may look a bit different, but bringing neighbors
together to celebrate freedom and to honor those lost is at the heart of every gathering. If you’re wondering how your family can safely celebrate and honor, here are some suggestions from
- Mask-up and attend a Memorial Day parade or ceremony.
- At home, fly the stars and stripes at half-staff and decorate with red, white and blue.
- Visit a local war memorial and pay tribute with flowers or flags on graves.
- Thank a veteran or military family for their service and sacrifice; invite them to lunch or pick up the tab for their meal in a restaurant.
- Buy a red poppy from the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) to raise money for maintaining state and national rehabilitation and service programs for veterans.
- Observe the National Moment of Remembrance: at 3 p.m. locally, pause to silently remember those who gave their lives for our freedoms.
- Virtually attend the
National Memorial Day Concert on PBS, Sunday, May 30, 2021, 8:00 p.m. ET. Check local listings or stream live
Memorial Day is part of a three-day weekend that also celebrates the unofficial beginning of summer. For many, the whole weekend becomes a time dedicated to family togetherness and with a new
resurfaced decorative concrete patio from Concrete Craft, you’ll be ready for anything! Barbeques, picnics in the backyard, and activities like croquet, badminton, lawn darts, and Corn Hole will fill the days with nonstop fun. Updating your
patio now ensures that your home is ready for not only Memorial Day festivities, but every weekend and holiday going forward.
An indestructible patio for all seasons
With Concrete Craft, your patio can be completely transformed in just a few days, eliminating stains, cracks, and imperfections that have made it less than welcoming for family activities. All our sealed finishes resist moisture, UV damage, chips, cracks, and peeling for a durable,
easy-care patio that can withstand people, pets, and parties. With
stamped concrete, and resurfaced concrete overlays you have unlimited design potential to turn your patio into a beautiful haven for your family all year long. Here are examples of several beautiful decorative concrete options you can see in our
MasterProTMFinish online product catalog.
Stamped and stained Ashlar slate patio
Restore even a damaged patio with beautiful decorative concrete overlays in faux stone or wood plank designs
Imagine this finish on your patio! The existing patio received a concrete overlay that was stamped with a slate texture and an Ashlar pattern. Multiple stain colors emulate the natural look of slate for an authentic looking, fabulous faux stone patio. The simulated grout lines are
part of the sealed, continuous surface and will never have problems like crumbling or staining as can happen with real grout. Bring on the patio furniture, barbeque, umbrellas, potted plants, and rugs for an outdoor room that will be the envy of the neighborhood.
Restore worn concrete surfaces with a real river rock
PebbleKoat makes quick work of resurfacing patios and pool decks so you won’t miss out on summertime fun
PebbleKoat by Concete CraftTM is real stone decorative river rock in a non-epoxy-based concrete overlay that can fill cracks, cover damage, and even out irregular surfaces in one application. Enjoy the natural beauty of colorful river rock in a range of color blends from light
Frost to a dark Espresso. You can combine colors to create borders or integrated custom designs for a very unique space. The textured surface repels stains, moisture, and mildew so it’s easy to keep your patio looking like the day it was installed.
Seat walls for style and convenience
Modernize your outdoor spaces with fresh colors and finishes that will make your home feel like new
In addition to resurfacing a patio, the addition of
seat walls with
vertical concrete resurfacing faux stone finishes can revolutionize your patio space. A seriously outdated and impractical patio is now a welcoming activity space with a stained decorative concrete overlay on the floor with seat walls added to define and enhance functionality. There’s plenty of room for patio
tables and chairs and the seat walls provide extra seating when you have guests, so no one is left standing.
Foods to fuel the
Memorial Day weekend
Wherever people gather, food is usually part of the plan. The end of May marks the beginning of summer, and all across the country people celebrate Memorial Day weekend with barbeques, picnics, and beach parties fueled with comfort foods and summertime classics. Have lots of water, iced tea and
coffee, beer, wine, sodas, and lemonade on hand to keep everyone hydrated, along with plenty of nutritious and fun eats:
- Hamburgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings
- Smoked, braised and grilled baby back pork ribs, beef ribs and chicken
- Roasted corn, squash and asparagus; fruit and veggie skewers
- Salad varieties, including pasta, potato and traditional three-bean
- Fresh berries, watermelon, ice cream, S’mores and Rice Krispies treats
- Check out
45 Recipes For The Perfect Memorial Day BBQ
No amount of feasting or spilling will mar the surface of your new decorative concrete patio
There’s still time to get your patio upgraded for Memorial Day. Call 888-852-9244 today or go to
www.concretecraft.com to find the Concrete Craft location nearest you and request a free in-home or virtual* design consultation. From
repair mortars that eliminate severe damage to resurfacing decorative concrete overlays and vertical concrete resurfacing, our stained, stamped, and resurfaced concrete overlays can transform your backyard into the best place to be this summer.
*Virtual consultation may not be available at all locations.
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