This weekend, the newest United States aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, will be commissioned into the US Navy.

While the commissioning is happening in Virginia, you can take part here in West Michigan! The Gerald R. Ford Museum is hosting a day of events including activities for kids and a live feed of the commissioning.

Marty Allen, Chairman Emeritus of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, stopped by The Exchange to tell us more about the event, which starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 22.

WZZM will also be broadcasting a special on the commissioning of the USS Gerald R. Ford Friday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m.

A live stream of the commissioning event on Saturday will be available at

For more information on the commissioning event at Gerald R. Ford Museum, click here.

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