President Ford Cherished His Role in the Boy Scouts

By: Marcie Kobriger Email
By: Marcie Kobriger Email

Since his death, and leading up to his funeral, we have been hearing a lot about the life and accomplishments of President Gerald Ford.

One organization that Ford joined as a boy, and stayed involved with through his adult years is the Boy Scouts of America.

Wednesday, Scouts from Michigan will play a role in Gerald Ford’s final goodbye.

Merit badges are a Boy Scout staple; a tangible reward for an activity or accomplishment.

Wednesday hundreds of scouts from Michigan will be a part of history with no merit badges at stake.

Joseph Agay, a Michigan Boy Scout, said, “President Ford was an Eagle Scout he served up in Mackinaw, and he was a fellow scout so we should honor him.”

About one hundred Cub and Boy Scouts from southwest Michigan will line the streets of Grand Rapids as Gerald Ford's body is taken from the Presidential Library to its final resting place.

They are paying respects to one of their own.

Scout Leader, Milt Agay added, “It’s no different than honoring a fallen police officer or firefighter. The Boy scouts are a brother hood just like policemen or firemen are.”

What the young scouts know about gerald ford may be limited, but they do know how important it is to honor the memory of a fellow American.

Another Boy Scout, Mitch Brik said, “it’s actually pretty important to be part of a former President’s stuff, of his funeral.

Being a Boy Scout was something near and dear to Gerald Ford’s heart.

Even after attaining the White House, Ford regarded attaining Eagle Scout status, the highest Boy Scout rank as one of his proudest accomplishments.

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