On Friday, July 12, President Ford’s daughter, Susan Ford Bales, joined the staff at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport for a private ceremony unveiling Betty Ford Drive. The Airport had an unnamed road on airport property, and held a contest with airport authority employees to “Name That Road.” The name Betty Ford Drive was chosen after an employee vote. Two of the airport employees, Jody Naimo and Ryan Schaner, came up with the name to honor the former First Lady as there is no other Betty Ford Drive location in West Michigan. Susan Ford Bales also joined Airport staff at the Whitecaps game the following night to unveil the new road name, and sailors from the USS Gerald R. Ford threw out the first pitch for the game. (Photos by Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, content and video provided by the Gerald Ford International Airport.)

Betty Ford street-naming at Grand Rapidsairport

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