The Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR), on the eastern-side of Metro Grand Rapids, opened the President Gerald R. Ford Tribute Room on October 17, 2017. The Tribute Room will include permanent exhibits on Gerald R. Ford’s life, with the area located pre-security allowing for public access. Trustee Peter Secchia worked hand-in-hand with GRR on the completion of the new exhibit.
The event was hosted by GRR Airport Authority Board Chair Roger Morgan, with remarks by President Gerald R. Ford Tribute Room Committee Chair Fred Keller, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Trustee Steve Ford, GRR Airport President & CEO Jim Gill, and Joan Secchia on behalf of Peter Secchia. Together Jim Gill, Roger Morgan, Joan Secchia, Steve Ford, and Fred Keller participated in the ceremonial ribbon cutting opening the Tribute Room
In December of 1999, Kent County International Airport became Gerald R. Ford International Airport in honor of Gerald R. Ford, the 38th President of the United States. President Ford served West Michigan as a U.S. Congressman from 1949-1973 and was a long-time supporter of the airport.