Gerald R. Ford Museum
Exhibits, Events, Education Center

303 Pearl Street, NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

616-254-0400 (tel)
616-254-0386 (fax)

e-mail
Ford Museum Facebook Page

Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm (Daily)
(Closed New Year's, Thanksgiving, & Christmas Days)



Gerald R. Ford Library
Research, Events, Small Exhibits

1000 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

734-205-0555 (tel)
734-205-0571 (fax)

e-mail
Ford Library Facebook Page

Hours: 8:45am-4:45pm (M-F)
(Closed Federal Holidays)




Staff Favorites
from Collections at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum

uniform

 

Soldier's Uniform
By Kristin Mooney, Public Relations


There are many meaningful artifacts on exhibit at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. When I was asked to write about just one I thought it would be impossible to choose, but in fact it was quite easy. There is always one section of the exhibits I like to stop and focus on during any tour I am leading. 


Pictured is a uniform and medals returned to President Ford in protest of his decision to grant clemency to those who dodged the draft during the Vietnam War.  While giving a speech on August 12, 1974 Ford said, "I believe in the decency and fairness of America." One week later it was announced that the President had put in place a program to help those draft dodgers return to the United States.  The plan required that all participants volunteer for a 2 year period in some form of alternative service and pledge alliance once again to the United States of America.