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Ford Airport Kicks Off Yearlong 50th Celebration

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Officials at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in western Michigan are kicking off a yearlong celebration of the facility's 50th anniversary.

The Grand Rapids Press reports that celebrations for the 1963 opening of the airport, then called Kent County Airport, were put on hold after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The airport opened, but without the planned events.

A kickoff of anniversary celebrations in the Grand Rapids area begins Monday. A new logo is commemorating the milestone and contests are planned.

Airport spokeswoman Tara Hernandez says more than 62 million passengers have flown in and out of the airport over the past five decades. Prior to the airport's construction, western Michigan was served by a small facility in the Grand Rapids suburb of Wyoming.

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