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      Menominee remembers fallen heroes

      Veterans organizations, the Menominee High School band and others held a ceremony and the placing of the wreath at Riverside Cemetery in Menominee.

      Menominee city mayor, Jean Stegeman, said, "Our Memorial Day celebration is an annual remembrance of those who have fought and died so that we may live free."

      There were a number of reasons people took time to remember those who died serving the country. Delores LaPorte of Irons in lower Michigan came all the way to the Upper Peninsula to honor her husband. "My first husband was in the Vietnam War era. He was in the Coast Guard, and he's buried here [at Riverside Cemetery]. So I come up every year to put flowers here," said LaPorte.

      Memorial Day was traditionally celebrated on May 30. But in 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. That change moved Memorial Day from its traditional date to the last Monday in May.

      The three-day weekend is now recognized as the unofficial kick-off of summer.