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Learn the Difference Between Memorial Day, Armed Forces Day, and Veterans Day

We have a lot of holidays here in the United States that are centered around our military in some way, and sometimes it's hard to keep track of what each one is actually about...

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A Few Less Construction Zones this Weekend

Will you be traveling this Memorial Day weekend? If so, you will not be alone! AAA predicts that 1.2 million people from Michigan will travel 50 miles or more away from home this weekend. That number would be a 2.5% increase from the 2016 Memorial Day holiday and would be the 5th straight year of growth for Memorial Day travel.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) plans to remove lane restrictions on almost 70% of their road and bridge construction projects across the state. The move is to help holiday travelers avoid traffic delays.

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Soldiers Of The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment Hosts Annual Flags-In Ceremony At Arlington Cemetery
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Memorial Day Parades and Ceremonies in West Michigan

Memorial Day brings a chance to enjoy a long weekend with the unofficial start of summer in West Michigan, but it's important to remember why we have Memorial Day.

This weekend, West Michigan will remember those who died while serving our country.

View our list of Memorial Day parades and ceremonies in West Michigan.

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Do You Have an Old American Flag? Art Van Will Replace it For Free!

If you have an American flag at your home or business that's hanging with pride, but it's getting to be worn out a bit... this entire summer Art Van Furniture is offering to replace old flags with new ones for people...

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Memorial Day is a Tribute to All Who Have Kept us Free [Video]

It's Memorial Day, 2016. Possibly, just another day for some, but for most of us, a day to remember, honor and salute the men and women of the armed forces who, so bravely, have worked and fought to keep us FREE.

I could go on and pontificate about how we should never forget, but I found a video on You Tube that does it much better.

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Baseball, Fireworks, Monkeys, a Dinosaur and a Salute to Veterans This Weekend at Fifth Third Ballpark

How about some baseball for a fun Memorial Day Weekend?

There will be a lot of fun at Fifth Third Ballpark. The West Michigan Whitecaps have announced they're adding Fireworks to Friday night’s game vs. the Dayton Dragons. There are now great Family Fare Fireworks shows on back-to-back nights to kick off the holiday weekend.

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This Memorial Day Don’t Forget the Military Animals who Served so Bravely

Military service animals have a longstanding history of taking care of our service men and women overseas without complaining even a titter. Maybe that’s because they don’t speak English, or maybe it’s because they’re the best darn soldiers the military has ever seen. Either way, they’re not only adorable little tramps, they’re also brave animals who risked life and limb to take care of the people that they loved.

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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter And VA Secretary Robert McDonald Mark 50th Anniversary Of Vietnam War
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West Michigan Memorial Day Weekend Parades and Activities 2016

On Memorial Day we remember those who have given their lives for our country.

West Michigan will remember through memorial services, parades and other events.

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South Haven Hosting Inaugural Harbor Walk on May 28

South Haven will host the first Harbor Walk to Fitness on Saturday, May 28. The walk is approximately 3.2 miles and there is no cost.

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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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