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Memorial Day: When a Soldier Comes Home [Video]

The servicemen and women of our country make huge sacrifices to fight battles on our behalf and keep the freedoms we hold dear. One of those sacrifices is being away from their families and loved ones for long periods of time.

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What’s Meaning Behind Leaving Coins on Military Headstones?

Have you ever wondered about the coins that seem to be placed on top of military headstones at cemeteries? You might be surprised to find out their meaning.

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Safe Boating Tips for Memorial Day Weekend and Year-Round [Sponsored]

For most boaters, Memorial Day weekend is the "first boating holiday."

Many are looking forward to relaxing on the water. A reminder: Stay safe out there.

Grand Valley Marine, with locations in Grandville and Grand Haven, says to keep you and those around you safe on the water when boating this spring, summer and fall.

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Michigan Memorial Day Weekend Road Construction – 2014

The roads will be packed over Memorial Day weekend in Michigan.

Many lanes which have been closed will reopen for the holiday weekend.

Some lanes will not open.

Check the list of Memorial Day weekend construction projects in Michigan before you go and make your trip a little smoother.

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West Michigan Memorial Day Parades – 2014

Memorial Day is May 26.

West Michigan will remember those who died while serving our country at a variety of events.

Prepare to honor those who have given so much and view our list of Memorial Day parades in West Michigan.

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Memorial Day Parades – Kent and Ottawa County

Here it's Memorial Day Weekend.  Many people view it as an extra day off, a day to grill, a day to have fun in the pool.  But remember the true reason of Memorial Day, which is to remember - and give thanks for - the men and women who died serving t

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Memorial Day Weekend Lane And Road Closures In Michigan – 2013

Memorial Day weekend provides a great opportunity to travel and spend some time away from home...but getting there can be a challenge.

Many road constructions projects are opening up lanes or being put on hold this weekend, but not all.

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Sunscreen – Sunscreen – Sunscreen

Happy Memorial Day!

Hopefully it's a pretty good weather day.  But, it's going to be HOT and HUMID!  Be careful, hydrate a lot, and, use plenty of sunscreen!

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Here’s What’s Happening Around Town

What does Memorial Day Weekend mean to you?  Over the years it has become an occasion, for many,  as a weekend to remember.  Many people visit the graves of their deceased relatives, whether they had served in the military or not.   Red, white and blue flags wave over the grave stones and flowers sometimes decorate the grave markers.  It has also become a long weekend devoted to bargain shopping, family gatherings, barbecues, fireworks, and trips to the beach. (Grand Haven and the Lakeshore is usually PACKED on Memorial Day weekend, if the weather in nice.)

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The “Addams Family” Coming to DeVos Performance Hall for Broadway Grand Rapids

May 22nd through May 26th, Grand Rapids welcomes the Addams.  They're moving in for a weeks run at DeVos Performance Hall as Broadway Grand Rapids closes out their season.

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Early Grand Haven Beach Crowd Catches Park Officials By Surprise

The Grand Haven State Park reported at least 500 people laying on the beach during the March 18th weekend and it was a bit overwhelming for the beach staff.  Even during the month of April the beaches were busier than usual for this time of year and that presents one big problem.  They only have 3 employees on staff right now, because it's not a typical thing for that many people to be lying on any West Michigan beach in the Spring.

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Hot Memorial Day In Store for Grand Rapids

The forecast for Monday (so far) is sunshine with a high in the lower 90s. Sold!

Here's a partial Memorial Day checklist of some of the stuff you might need.

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