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James Baker 2014 William E. Simon Lecture Series

July 14, 2014 – Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan

James A. Baker III, former Secretary of State and Foundation Trustee, was the keynote speaker for the 2014 William E. Simon Lecture Series and COL Ralph E. Hauenstein Fellowship. Baker began his remarks speaking of his friend President Gerald R. Ford. When Ford took office, Baker stated the nation was weary of war and Watergate, inflation was high, and the economy was not doing well. And at this moment in American history, a Midwestern became President, a President of honor and integrity. Ford’s selflessness was his greatest trait Baker believed, for example as his advisors warned him that pardoning Richard Nixon would hurt Ford in the 1976 Election but he did it because he wanted the nation to move forward from the troubling time it was going through.


Annual Wreath Laying at the Tomb of Gerald R. Ford

July 14, 2014 – Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Susan Ford Bales, daughter of Gerald and Betty Ford and Foundation Trustee, hosted the annual wreath laying at the burial site of Gerald R. Ford at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This ceremony honored the 101st anniversary of the birth of Gerald R. Ford. Shortly after the passing of Gerald R. Ford, Mrs. Betty Ford asked that a wreath laying ceremony be conducted on her behalf. This was the 8th consecutive ceremony celebrated on Gerald R. Ford’s birthday. Susan thanked former Secretary of State and Foundation Trustee James Baker who traveled over 14 hours from across the globe to participate in honoring her father.


27th Annual Gerald R. Ford Journalism Awards

June 2, 2014 – National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The Annual Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prizes for Distinguished Reporting in 2013 was once again held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Steve Ford, Foundation Chairman, presented the Awards to Politico Magazine Senior Staff Writer Glenn Thrush for Reporting on the Presidency and Colorado Springs Gazette Reporter David Philipps for Reporting on National Defense. Bob Schieffer, CBS News Correspondent served as special guest speaker. Schieffer recalled several historic moments of President Ford’s time in the White House including how following Wategate, the White House Press Corps fell in love with President Ford’s humbleness and personality. Schieffer also recalled how shocked the Press Corps was by the Nixon Pardon but that he later acknowledged that indeed it was the right decision for the country.


2014 Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Annual Dinner

June 2, 2014 – The Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washingtin, D.C.

The Ford Family and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation presented John O. Marsh, Jr. with the 2014 Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service for his years of honored service to our country. The Annual Dinner has continued to be the setting to recognize outstanding public contributions by individuals who reflect the qualities demonstrated by President Ford during his public service career. “Jack” Marsh, among his decades of service, is the longest serving U.S. Secretary of the Army and also fought in the Vietnam War for one month, never revealing to his fellow solider that he was a Member of Congress from Virginia. Gerald R. Ford had reflected on how “Marsh, more than anyone else, was the man who bridged the gap between the Nixon and Ford White House staffs.” Marsh was also President Ford’s choice to lead the transition to the Jimmy Carter Administration.


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