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Volunteers across W. Mich. remember MLK's legacy

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Americans from coast to coast are remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday.

Parades, marches, and service projects are taking place nationwide.

In San Antonio, Texas, more than 100,000 people paid tribute to the civil rights leader at one of the nation's largest marches.

President and Michelle Obama honored Dr. King by serving meals in Washington, D.C.

All across West Michigan, people are honoring Dr. King's life and influence.

In Kalamazoo, volunteers helped out at the Gospel Mission.

And Monday afternoon, people marched through Kalamazoo.

They met up at the flagpoles on the campus of Western Michigan University, then picked up more marchers at the Kalamazoo College campus, and finished in downtown Kalamazoo.

Day of Service events were also held in Grand Rapids as well.

Volunteers who spoke to Newschannel 3 Monday that they see MLK Day as a way to strenghten communities and create solutions to social problems through service.

So while many see Monday as just a day off, they're hoping to inspire others to use this day to volunteer.

"We've got folks from all different areas of the bank that are coming together to work, so it is a team building thing, plus we feel really good about giving back to the community today," said John Irwin, President of Huntington Bank, West Michigan.

Irwin and his colleagues are spending the day sprucing up Family Haven, a shelter for homeless families.

They're not the only ones, either, as students from Cooley Law School spent the day helping out at Family Futures in Grand Rapids.

So while many others are enjoying a day off, for many in West Michigan, it's a day on, as they remember the things Dr. King stood for.

Some are already looking to next year, and hoping even more people will choose to volunteer their time.

Events are going on through the rest of the week.

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