Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

2019 West Michigan Community Day of Remembrance and Scout Salute photo
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The 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks was commemorated Wednesday at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum hosting its Community Day of Remembrance. WGVU was there.

“First row, too. Left face.”

When you’re saluting, what are you thinking about?

“All the people who died on 9/11. All the firefighters and police.”

Saluting the flag is Connor Kelley is a 13-year old Boy Scout with troop 283 out of Belmont.

“Forward march.”

I ask Connor how many times he’s saluted today?

“Probably about 10.”

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

A 19-year-old man suspected of defacing the gravesite of former President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Christian Johnson entered the plea Monday to charges of larceny and malicious destruction of property of tombs or memorials.

Police have said Johnson and a female co-defendant turned themselves in after the March 27 incident and returned a missing letter. Johnson has apologized, saying he didn't know what the gravesite was.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

Authorities say two people suspected of defacing the gravesite of former President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford have been charged with misdemeanors.

Grand Rapids prosecutors have charged Christian Johnson with malicious destruction of tombs and memorials and Alexis Binkert with receiving and concealing stolen property.

"Scout Salute"
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The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is hosting its Annual West Michigan Day of Remembrance. This marks the 17th year West Michigan Boy Scouts are saluting the flag from sun up to sundown paying their respects to all who died 17 years ago during the 9-11 terror attacks.

“Second rank attention…right hand salute…”

“We have the flag here under constant salute from dawn until dusk.”

“…First rank, two. Right face. Forward march...”

Grand Rapids Fire Department accept framed copy of 1974 Emergency Medical Services Week proclamation signed by President Gerald R. Ford.
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As part of Emergency Medical Services Week, the Grand Rapids Fire Department and it Emergency Medical Services was honored Thursday at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum with a copy of President Gerald R. Ford’s 1974 proclamation.

“President Ford was always a champion for those who served to protect our communities; the fire, the police, EMS providers and first responders.”

In 1974 President Gerald R. Ford signed a proclamation Emergency Medical Services Week. It reinforced the need at the time to improve emergency medical care.

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“Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics” is now on display at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. It focuses on rock music and its influences on Civil Rights, War, gender equality and freedom of speech.

“The really great thing about seeing some of those times when you had the FBI perhaps investigating Elvis and they have files on Lennon and even Whitney Houston, you really start to see that the government, a lot of times, saw this as a threat.”

A Michigan museum is getting a new exhibit that explores the connection between music and politics. The Grand Rapids Press reports that the "Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics" exhibit will arrive at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on Tuesday. It will remain open to the public through Feb. 11. The exhibit is a collaboration between Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Newseum in Washington, D.C. 

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The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is hosting its Community Day of Remembrance where more than 1,000 West Michigan Boy Scouts are saluting the flag from sun up to sundown paying their respects to all who died 16 years ago during the 9-11 terror attacks. “

Second row attention. Right hand salute.”

“How many times have you saluted?” I ask a young Boy Scout. “Probably around 20?”

“First row, too. Left face. Forward march.”

“7:18 this morning…”

“All rows advance.”

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Tomorrow at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia the USS Gerald R. Ford will be commissioned. The first of the new super class carrier is a $13 billion marvel that will officially be placed on active duty Saturday.

In Grand Rapids, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is hosting commissioning ceremony events.

“Well, it’s not every day that someone has an aircraft carrier named after them.”

That’s Joel Westphal, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Library Deputy Director.

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The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is celebrating the commissioning of the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier. 

The event is scheduled for Saturday, July 22nd @ 9:30 AM.

WGVU talks with Joel Westphal, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Deputy Director.

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