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Events mark 103rd anniversary of President Ford's birth

Gerald R. Ford memorial and wreath-laying service in Grand Rapids.
Hilary Farrell

Events marking the 103rd anniversary of the birth of President Gerald Ford are taking place in western Michigan.
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation is hosting Thursday's ceremonies, which include a wreath-laying tribute at Ford's tomb in Grand Rapids.
The wreath-laying will be conducted on behalf of President Barack Obama and the Ford family. Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss will present a wreath on behalf of the city.
Following the ceremony, the Ford Presidential Museum will open free to the public through 5 p.m.
Ford died in 2006, and former first lady Betty Ford died in 2011. They lived in Rancho Mirage, California, for decades.

Gerald Ford was a congressman from Grand Rapids before becoming vice president and then president following Richard Nixon's 1974 resignation.