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From backyard barbeques to somber services, Memorial Day is an all-American holiday. And for one local homeowner, it's a time for celebration and decoration.

Decked out in Old Glory, one Sherman Heights turn of the century Victorian is being restored to its new glory by its current owner, Chuck Thompson.

"My family and I, the Olevis family purchased it three and a half years ago. And we've been busy restoring it back to its original glory," explained chuck.

Today the house, built in 1900, is draped in stars and stripes.

"We have a lot of family members who have fought in the service and have died and are buried in national cemeteries," continued chuck. "We like to remind people going by that it's not all about picnics and going to the beach. It is about those fallen heroes."

This charming Queen Anne Victorian not only serves as reminder of the sacrifices made to preserve freedom, it also is the centerpiece of a revitalized neighborhood.

"There's a lot of Victorian homes here. It's just a great neighborhood and it's up and coming again. People are realizing all the beautiful Victorians here and restoring them," Chuck explained. "This was actually the first suburb of downtown. After Old Town was built, then the Gaslamp downtown was built. This became the first neighborhood suburb."

And this recreation is true to the era, inside and out.

"Here we have the traditional Victorian stained glass, there also with 1890s "Gone with the Wind" lamp that was once gas converted to electric," Chuck said.

Step inside the home's front door, and you'll step back in time.

"This is the traditional Halloween lamp or a library lamp. It retracts down, so you can dress the light," noted Chuck.

Originally Memorial Day was called Decoration Day. Relatives would decorate the graves of Union soldiers.

"We pay tribute to Abraham Lincoln. This was actually an old painting that I kind of left cracked, because it gave it character, but it hung in the Ohio courthouse, during his presidency," Chuck added.

In Sherman Heights, residents are bringing back the echoes of a bygone era. Like our flag, this neighborhood may have faded and frayed, but will rise again in all of its glory to a place of prominence on our San Diego landscape.

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