Carla and Don Soules along with their three sons Ben, Jon and Donny, not all pictured, show their support as they commemorate Memorial Day during the annual parade down Division Street Wednesday, May 30, 2012, near Veterans Park in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Natalie Benson, 5, and Holly Sweezer, 6, carry extra flags as Boy and Girl Scouts place flags on each of the 5,000 headstones at the Grand Rapids Veterans State Cemetery Wednesday, May 23, 2012, in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Yuka Oba performs ‘The Sofa’ during Grand Rapids Ballet’s Movemedia at the final dress rehearsal Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Peter Martin Wege Theatre in Grand Rapids, Mich.
A man canoes slowly around Lake Padden as a fog clears from the lake and a sunny day appears Sunday morning, Jan. 23, 2011, in Bellingham.
A man jumps off of Whatcom Falls as temperatures reached the high-90s on July 30, 2009, in Bellingham, Wash.
Third graders Jovan Hodo, 8, left, and Joey Kreuyer, 8, relax in the ball pit that is a part of the Sharks Sensory Lab Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at Shawmut Hills Elementary School in Grand Rapids, Mich. The school plans to have every class attend the Sensory Lab three to five times per week and teachers can schedule extra sessions before big tests. Administration said the use of the sensory lab, which includes a variety of indoor playground equipment, has increased test scores.
Kristen Aidif, venue coordinator for the Fifth Third Bank/Warner Norcross & Judd venue, walks past Jacqueline Wilson’s “Nebula: A Growing Installation” during the opening day of ArtPrize Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, in Grand Rapids, Mich. Wilson’s piece incorporates clay graffiti and seeds that will eventually fall into boxes underneath to grow.
Blaine Sea Scout Luke Greene, 16, lowers a wreath into the water that was created at the annual Blessing of the Fleet Sunday afternoon, May 1, 2011, just offshore of the Blaine Harbor Marina Boating Center in Blaine, Wash. The ceremony is put on by the Seafarers’ Memorial Committee to remember those lost at sea and to bless those who will be out at sea in the upcoming year.
Caledonia Fire & Rescue Fire Chief Brian Bennett looks at the damage as crews assess how to remove a car that ran into a home at 7201 84th St. SE after a driver drove his car off the road and into the home Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. Police confirmed the driver had a medical issue to cause him to drive off the road. Removing the car was halted due to a gas leak and wanting to ensure the safety of crews.
Chris Camp of Bellingham wipes out while taking advantage of the windy weather to catch some waves on his kayak Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at Little Squalicum Beach in Bellingham, Wash. “This is as close to real surf as we get in this town,” Camp said.
Steve Gregory and his son, Ethan, leave flowers at the memorial site and scene of a car accident that claimed the life of Mount Baker High School student Kourtney Cadle on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010, at the corner of Mount Baker Highway and Mitchell Road. Cadle was on her way to catch a bus for a volleyball tournament when she stopped to make a left turn onto Mitchell Road. Her car was then hit from behind and pushed into oncoming traffic and hit by a semi-truck. Steve Gregory, who didn’t know Cadle, said he arrived at the scene of the accident where he tried to do anything to help. “I knew there was nothing I could do,” Gregory said. “Last night I prayed for the family and friends but thought that wasn’t enough, so we went into town for flowers this morning. I wish there was more I could do for the family. She’s in a good place.”
Passengers who were in a car that hit another car that was then pushed into the Brulotte family as they crossed the street are comforted at the scene of the traffic accident that claimed the life of toddler Anna Brulotte on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, near Assumption Catholic School in Bellingham, Wash. It was later determined that the teen driver, who had just gotten her license, was distracted when the accident occurred.
Boat owner Roger Coderre tries to get his footing on the front of his frozen boat Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, after he learned it came ashore due to high winds the previous night. Coderre said there was no damage to the boat and wasn’t taking on water so he tied it to a nearby tree to wait for crews to be able to move it, which won’t be until after Thanksgiving. “I’m trying to tie a bowknot, but I can’t feel my fingers,” Coderre said while tying the boat to the tree.
Model Morgan Popma, left, waits in the dressing room with Stefanie Klinge, right, also a model, who rests her heavy hair-do on the wall, before the hair and fashion show Friday, April 20, 2012, at Thousand Oaks Golf Course in Northeast Grand Rapids, Mich. The show was put on by Serendipity Hair Design to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society and to support co-manager of the salon, Kim VanOeffelen, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis three years ago.
Jameson Meendering, 2, pulls on the long Santa hat of Dale Patterson as they wait for Santa and his elves to arrive by train Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in Sparta, Mich. The event also included a short parade with Santa after he arrived to Santa’s House, viewing of a couple of Santa’s reindeer, horse and wagon rides and an elf workshop where children can pick out free presents and wrap them at Round Again, a shop nearby.
Washington State Representative Kelli Linville, right, kisses her father Martin Kuljis on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at her childhood home in Fairhaven. After 17 years in office, Linville lost to Vincent Buys by just 149 votes in the 2010 election.