Tens of thousands of people fly into the Grand Rapids airport each year, but now visitors to our great city will have a chance to learn about the life and work of Grand Rapids’ own Gerald R. Ford. The late President now has an official “tribute room” that honors his life and legacy.
The room was dedicated on October 17, 2017 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the lobby of the airport.
“He loved growing up in Grand Rapids, and it is humbling to know that he will always have a place to be remembered,” said Steve Ford, President Ford’s son, who spoke at the short ceremony. “This tribute room at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport is a terrific place for generations that knew my father to spend time reflecting on the past, but also for future generations to learn about what he meant to our country and to West Michigan.”
The room is the result of work between the airport and the Ford Presidential Foundation, as well as a part of the $45 million Gateway Transformation Project that has taken place at the facility over the last few years. The tribute room contains photos, an aircraft carrier model, as well as many displays and historical pieces.
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is only one of eight that is named after a residing President of the U.S. The exhibit is open 24 hours per day for visitors.