Events to honor President Ford's 100th birthday - Jul 12th, 2013 - Local
— 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 about Ford's legacy.
On Sunday, a presidential wreath-laying ceremony will take place at Ford's tomb. And later in the day, a ceremony will be held to unveil a model of the USS Gerald R. Ford in the lobby of the Ford Presidential Museum.
Meanwhile, PBS stations in Michigan on Sunday will broadcast a documentary 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.