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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Betty Ford returned Wednesday to the city where she grew up and wed the man who became the only president from Michigan, prompting hundreds to line the streets in front of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum as her casket arrived for a memorial service.

Mourners were lined up for a public viewing of Mrs. Ford’s body following a similar, and sometimes tearful, send-off by thousands of well-wishers in California earlier in the day. After another memorial Thursday in Grand Rapids, Mrs. Ford is to be buried at her husband’s presidential museum. Gerald R. Ford died in 2006.

On Tuesday, a service at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, Calif., was attended by 800 people, including former President George W. Bush and first lady Michelle Obama.


Obama to address American Legion convention

President Obama will address thousands of veterans and their families at the American Legion’s national convention in Minneapolis on Aug. 30.

It will be his first time addressing the veterans organization in person. Mr. Obama recorded a video message that was played at the Legion’s 2009 convention.

Jimmie Foster, the American Legion’s national commander, says the group wants to hear about the administration’s vision for the economy, national security and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The war in Afghanistan is also likely to be of interest. Mr. Obama announced last month that 33,000 U.S. troops will return from Afghanistan by next summer. About 10,000 of those troops are to leave by the end of 2011. Mr. Obama said the pullout would begin this month but that his commanders will decide the details.

From wire dispatches and staff reports