GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - President Gerald R. Ford would have been 100 years old this year and to honor his legacy, some powerful out-of-town guests will be visiting Grand Rapids.
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation will host a tribute dinner on May 6 featuring former Vice President and Ford's Chief of Staff Dick Cheney, former speechwriter for Ford and President Richard Nixon, Ben Stein, Bob Schieffer of CBS News, who was the White House correspondent during Ford's presidency, and President Ford's son, Steven.
Retired Air Force Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft will receive the Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service at the event. Scowcroft will be the seventh recipient of the medal, which will be presented in memory and recognition of the leadership attributes of President Ford. Scowcroft held the post of national security advisor while President Ford was in office.
On May 7, members of Ford's family will open Growing Up Grand, a new exhibit at the Ford Museum on Ford's early life in Grand Rapids. The museum will be open free to the public on May 7 and cake will be served throughout the day.