by Greg Wickliffe,

GRAND HAVEN, MI – Thousands of people lined the Grand Haven channel to usher in five Coast Guard ships Monday as part of the annual Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival.

Families of all sizes and people of all ages stood near the channel as the ships sailed in from Lake Michigan. The five ships included the USCGC Bristol Bay, USCGC Biscayne Bay, USCGC Alder, USCGC Mackinaw and CCGS Constable Carriere from Canada.

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