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Michigan city with Dutch heritage removing 'welkom' signs

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A Michigan city that's known for its Dutch heritage is removing signs that greeted visitors with a "welkom."

The Holland Sentinel reports four new, more modern gateway signs are part of a rebranding campaign for the city of Holland. The Holland Parks and Recreation Department is in the process of removing gateway signs that used the Dutch spelling of "welcome."

The new gateway signs will stand nearly 13-feet tall, featuring crisscrossed lines that symbolize lines of tulip fields and windmill blades.

Holland Community and Neighborhood Services Director Joel Dye says: "The goal was to still celebrate our heritage, but not be 1860."

The newspaper says some of the old gateway signs are 30 years old. Over the next several years, about 125 new signs will be installed in Holland.

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