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President Gerald R. Ford's birthday is commemorated via virtual ceremony in Grand Rapids

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Tuesday morning, the family of the late President Gerald R. Ford gathered for the annual wreath laying ceremony at the Gerald R. Ford and Betty B. Ford burial site on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Here is Joe Calvaruso, the executive director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.

“Today’s wreath laying ceremony is a combination of two traditions. President Donald J. Trump will be placed today by Major General Paul Rogers, the second is a personal tribute established by First Lady Betty Ford in 2007 which includes a presentation of a wreath from the Ford family. The family wreath will be presented by President Ford’s niece and nephews.”

While the United State Army choir could not be present during the ceremony every individual member of the choir sang from their homes in unison a birthday tribute to the late President. 

“I just would like to say, of course we were supposed to be in Grand Rapids this week and because of the pandemic we were unable to attend but we have in our calendar a plan to return in July 2021 where we will perform with the marvelous Grand Rapids Symphony orchestra in a concert that will honor President Gerald R. Ford.”

The choir sang five songs to remember and honor President Ford.

“Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday President Ford. Happy birthday to you.”

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