memorial day http://michiganradio.org en AAA predicts a million Michiganders will hit the roads during the Memorial Day weekend http://michiganradio.org/post/aaa-predicts-million-michiganders-will-hit-roads-during-memorial-day-weekend <p>Ah, the summer road trip.&nbsp;&nbsp; Packing up the family and heading to the beach, a campground or the Upper Peninsula.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>AAA Michigan predicts 1.1 million Michiganders will travel more than 50 miles by car or truck between Thursday evening and Monday night.</p><p></p><p>That’s about the same number as the past two summers.</p><p></p><p>Nancy Cain is with AAA Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp; She says many Michiganders are forgoing the summer road trip this year.</p><p></p><p>“They’ll be traveling,” she says, “but perhaps not as much.”</p><p></p> Wed, 22 May 2013 15:59:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12685 at http://michiganradio.org AAA predicts a million Michiganders will hit the roads during the Memorial Day weekend Michigan's gasoline prices pushing $4 a gallon - again http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-gasoline-prices-pushing-4-gallon-again <p>Gasoline prices have risen sharply during the last few days.</p><p>"GasBuddy.com" pegs Michigan’s average price per gallon at $3.85. That's up ten cents from a week ago, and it's 20 cents higher than the national average. Many gas stations are already charging $3.99 a gallon, with a few charging more than four dollars.&nbsp;</p><p>Gregg Laskoski is a senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy. He says prices are not rising because of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.</p><p>Laskoski blames refinery problems in Indiana and Illinois for prices pushing four dollars a gallon.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 20:21:57 +0000 Steve Carmody 12631 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's gasoline prices pushing $4 a gallon - again On Memorial Day, veterans help shape our understanding of their experiences http://michiganradio.org/post/memorial-day-veterans-help-shape-our-understanding-their-experiences <p>This Memorial Day, Michigan Radio spoke with veterans who have served overseas about how today&rsquo;s veterans might be remembered.</p><p>Brandon Van Wagoner of Flint served in the Navy from 2004 to 2008, including two deployments to Iraq.</p><p>He thinks it&#39;s still too soon to know how his generation of service members will be remembered on Memorial Day.</p><p>&ldquo;I really think the way we&#39;re actually going to see the Middle Eastern combatants isn&#39;t going to be completely formed or shaped until later on,&rdquo; he says.</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 15:12:00 +0000 7657 at http://michiganradio.org On Memorial Day, veterans help shape our understanding of their experiences This Memorial Day, remembering a new generation of war victims http://michiganradio.org/post/memorial-day-remembering-new-generation-war-victims <p>This Memorial Day, Michigan Radio spoke with veterans who have served overseas about what the day means to a new generation of service members.</p><p>Kelli McKinstry of Flint joined the air force in August of 2001. She served in Iraq, and got out in 2007. Now she&rsquo;s a student at the University of Michigan, Flint.</p><p>&ldquo;I think people are just adapting to the fact that our generation is now war victims, versus Vietnam,&rdquo; she says.</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 15:00:14 +0000 7654 at http://michiganradio.org This Memorial Day, remembering a new generation of war victims Thoughts from a new generation of veterans on Memorial Day http://michiganradio.org/post/thoughts-new-generation-veterans-memorial-day <p>This Memorial Day, Michigan Radio spoke with veterans who have recently served overseas about how they observed the holiday.</p><p>Jeremy Suckow of Flint served in the Navy for six years. His memorial day looked a lot like everyone else&#39;s. For him, the beer and barbecuing is all part of it.</p><p>&ldquo;We did our time and it&#39;s no big deal, and then other guys have gone there and paid the ultimate sacrifice, and why not toast to that, celebrate that,&rdquo; says Suckow.</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 14:46:34 +0000 7652 at http://michiganradio.org Thoughts from a new generation of veterans on Memorial Day A great day for a parade http://michiganradio.org/post/great-day-parade <p>Many communities across Michigan celebrated Memorial Day with a parade. Mon, 28 May 2012 16:00:47 +0000 Steve Carmody 7643 at http://michiganradio.org A great day for a parade Young children should be supervised around water http://michiganradio.org/post/young-children-should-be-supervised-around-water <p>Drowning is the leading cause of injury related death among children less than 4 years of age.&nbsp; That&#39;s according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control.<br /><br />Angela Minicuci is with the Michigan Department of Community Health.&nbsp; She says young children should be supervised around all sources of water both inside and outside of the house:</p> Mon, 28 May 2012 15:32:19 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7642 at http://michiganradio.org Young children should be supervised around water Marking the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War http://michiganradio.org/post/marking-50th-anniversary-start-vietnam-war <p>The federal government this year will observe the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War.</p><p>Many Vietnam veterans feel they have been overlooked or disrespected.</p><p>A group of Vietnam veterans took part in Memorial Day observances today in Dearborn. &nbsp;&nbsp;Tony Gramer served in Vietnam in 1968.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He&rsquo;s glad to see the recognition.</p><p>&ldquo;Better late than never,&rdquo; says Gramer,&nbsp; &ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s the right thing to do.&nbsp; I feel that all the veterans deserve it.&rdquo;</p><p>The federal government is asking businesses and other groups to organize events commemorating the Vietnam War for the next 13 years, culminating with the 50th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon.&nbsp; Mon, 28 May 2012 13:49:19 +0000 Steve Carmody 7641 at http://michiganradio.org Marking the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War Commentary: Live well and validate the sacrifice our veterans made http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-live-well-and-validate-sacrifice-our-veterans-made <p>My guess is that a lot of&nbsp; people these days are a little shaky about what Memorial Day is all about,&nbsp; except perhaps in families that have military service in their background.&nbsp;&nbsp; I think most of us know that it has something to do with honoring the nation&rsquo;s&nbsp; war dead. Though I imagine that the numbers of people visiting&nbsp; cemeteries is probably a pretty small minority. More people decorated veterans&rsquo;&nbsp; graves when I was a child.</p> Mon, 28 May 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 7626 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Live well and validate the sacrifice our veterans made If you plan on walking in the woods this weekend, watch out for ticks http://michiganradio.org/post/if-you-plan-walking-woods-weekend-watch-out-ticks <p>Tens of thousands of Michiganders will spend this holiday weekend camping or just going for a long walk in the woods.&nbsp;&nbsp; But state health officials are warning that you may come into contact with ticks.</p><p> Sun, 27 May 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 7577 at http://michiganradio.org If you plan on walking in the woods this weekend, watch out for ticks GM group to honor U.S. military fallen today http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-group-honor-us-military-fallen-today <p>General Motors&#39; Customer Care and Aftersales (CCA) Veterans Affinity Group (VAG) will honor U.S. Military personnel who lost their lives in Afghanistan at the first annual &quot;Field of &quot;Flags&quot; event.</p><p>The formal semi-military event, featuring U.S. Navy Color Guard members and Military Buglers, will be held Tuesday, May 22 from 1:00-2:00 p.m., at the GM CCA Willow Run Complex located at 50000 Ecorse Road, Belleville, Mich., 48111. The event is also in conjunction with the GM UAW local 174.</p><p>&quot;The Field of Flags event leading up to Memorial Day is another way we can honor their commitment and say thank you to the members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families for their courage, service and sacrifice,&quot; said Steve Hill, GM North America Vice President of CCA and GM&#39;s corporate champion for the group. &quot;This is a grassroots event sponsored by our employees, who have a passion for this cause, and spend their own time to demonstrate their support and respect for the U.S. Military.&quot;</p><p>Approximately 2,000 flags will be planted in a field on the lawn of the facility. The ceremony will include the raising of an American flag flown over Afghanistan, the playing of &quot;The National Anthem&quot; and &quot;America the Beautiful,&quot; the reading of the &quot;Field of Flags&quot; declaration, remarks by guest speaker Steve Hill, a special CCA VAG presentation, the planting of the final flag and a memorial wreath, the ringing of a ships bell honoring service members lost, Taps, and the presentation of the flag flown over Afghanistan.</p><p>GM&#39;s VAG Customer Care and Aftersales, headquarters in Grand Blanc, conducts fundraising activities to support GM employees who are U.S Military Veterans, in the Reserves or National Guard. To date, the group has raised $20,000 for Piquette Square, a non-profit organization in Detroit that helps homeless veterans. Additionally, it provides support through various activities such as sending care packages and phone cards troops abroad.</p><p>&quot;Our group&#39;s overriding objective is to take care of the military men and women who take care of us,&quot; said Don Gore, president of the Customer Care and Aftersales VAG Chapter. &quot;I am proud of the job our team has done, which has resulted in overwhelming support for veterans, deployed military and fellow employee reservists.&quot;</p><p> Tue, 22 May 2012 14:29:31 +0000 Tracy Samilton 7561 at http://michiganradio.org GM group to honor U.S. military fallen today Author Wade Rouse remembers Memorial Day http://michiganradio.org/post/author-wade-rouse-remembers-memorial-day <p>Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was declared in 1868 to honor the memory of deceased military service members. Michigan-based author <a href="http://waderouse.com/content/index.asp">Wade Rouse</a> shares his perspective on Memorial Day, from his memoir, &quot;It&#39;s All Relative.&quot;</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-971001.mp3</p><p>Listen for more stories from Rouse throughout the year on Michigan Radio.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 28 May 2011 18:17:09 +0000 Kyle Norris 2678 at http://michiganradio.org Author Wade Rouse remembers Memorial Day Memorial Day weekend may mean a little less 'green' for Michigan's tourist destinations http://michiganradio.org/post/memorial-day-weekend-may-mean-little-less-green-michigans-tourist-destinations <p>More than a million Michiganders are expected to get-a-way to some of the state&rsquo;s favorite tourist spots next weekend.&nbsp; But they are not expected to spend much money Memorial Day weekend.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/more-than-11-million-plan-memorial-day-travel-reports-aaa-michigan-122229533.html">AAA</a> surveyed its members recently and found many plan to spend less of their vacation budget on restaurants and other amenities.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 21 May 2011 19:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 2590 at http://michiganradio.org Memorial Day weekend may mean a little less 'green' for Michigan's tourist destinations Hitting the road for Memorial Day weekend http://michiganradio.org/post/hitting-road-memorial-day-weekend <p><a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/more-than-11-million-plan-memorial-day-travel-reports-aaa-michigan-122229533.html">AAA Michigan</a> predicts state highways will be busy on Memorial Day.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The automobile club&rsquo;s survey shows one point one million Michiganders plan to travel during the 5 day holiday period, 91% by car.</p> Thu, 19 May 2011 15:51:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 2565 at http://michiganradio.org Hitting the road for Memorial Day weekend