Shreveport-Bossier makes it a point to celebrate the members of our military all year long, but Memorial Day, which falls this year on May 27, is the day we go above and beyond -- not unlike our veterans when it comes to protecting us and defending our freedom.

Here are a few ideas, suggestions and local events for celebrating Memorial Day from the team at 710 KEEL.

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    Thank a Veteran

    Shaking a veteran's hand and thanking them for all they've done to keep you safe is a simple, yet powerful show of appreciation.

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    Donate

    Several non-profit groups offer options for folks looking to make a donation -- monetary or otherwise -- to servicemen and women. The Wounded Warrior Project is one such group. You can also donate cars to veterans though VetsVehicles.

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    See Motivational Speaker Clebe McClary

    On Sunday at 10:30 a.m., Clebe McClary will speak at Rose Park Baptist Church's "I Love America Sunday" program. McClary suffered devastating injuries in Vietnam, but overcame them to become a celebrated motivational speaker and author.

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    Check Out Mudbug Madness

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    Exercise Your Freedoms

    Soldiers fight and die to protect our freedoms, so making sure we exercise them is the ultimate way to honor their sacrifices -- whether that's writing a politician, starting a personal blog or being part in a peaceful protest.

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    Young Marines Place Flags at Hillcrest Memorial

    Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines will place small U.S. flags on the graves of fallen service members at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery on Highway 80 in Haughton Saturday at 9 a.m.

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    Young Marines Flag Retirement Ceremony

    Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines will retire the large American flag that currently flies at the North Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy in Plain Dealing at 2981 Old Plain Dealing Road Saturday at 2 p.m.

    The Young Marines will bring down the flag, fold it and present it to the American Legion. They will then hoist a new flag.

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    Hillcrest Cemetery

    Hillcrest Cemetery in haughton at 9 a.m., Ron Chatelain will be the guest speaker. Ron is Louisiana's most decorated veteran. He is a Vietnam Veterans and is the recipient of five Purple Hearts and the nation's second highest medal, The Distinguished Service Cross.

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    Northwest Veterans Cemetery

    The Northwest Veterans Cemetery in Keithville will have their ceremony at 11:45am at American Legion Post 14, on Cross Lake.

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    Greenwood Cemetery in Shreveport

    The local Fleet Reserve will be conducting its "Tolling of the Bells" and "tossing the wreath on the water" at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 30 (Traditional Memorial Day) there will be a ceremony at the veterans' section

    of the Greenwood Cemetery in Shreveport at 10:00 a.m.

    Greenwood Cemetery is the resting place for several of our heroes who sacrificed it all for our nation. One hero there gave his life on D-Day.