Grand Rapids marks President Ford’s 100th birthday


President Ford throws out the first ball of the Texas Rangers’ 1976 season at Arlington Stadium. Photo via

Several events scheduled for this weekend in Grand Rapids will honor the centennial anniversary of President Gerald Ford's birth on July 14, 1913.

Historian Jon Meacham will speak Saturday at 3 p.m. about Ford's legacy at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

On Sunday, a presidential wreath-laying ceremony will take place at Ford's tomb at 1 p.m.

And later at 2 p.m., a ceremony will be held to unveil a model of the USS Gerald R. Ford in the lobby of the museum.

Meanwhile, PBS stations in Michigan will broadcast a documentary on Sunday that chronicles the documentary, "Black and Blue: The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward and the 1934 Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game."

The film chronicles the Georgia Tech football team's refusal to take the field at Michigan, because the Wolverines had a black player who was Ford's friend.

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