GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Barbara and Laura Bush took part in a symposium on first ladies in Michigan Monday.
The two former first ladies appeared at a luncheon on Monday that was part of a daylong conference in Grand Rapids.
The women talked about their continuing involvement in issue advocacy that began while the lived in the White House and the importance of public service. They credited late former First Lady Betty Ford for her work on breast cancer advocacy.
They also discussed trying to be their for their commander-in-chief husbands.
The event not only examined the role of a first lady, but celebrated the 100th and 95th birthdays of the late former President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford, respectively.
"America's First Ladies: An Enduring Legacy" was hosted by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.
In a statement, the Fords' daughter, Susan Ford Bales, says the family is "thrilled that our dear friends Barbara and Laura Bush will celebrate Dad and Mom's remarkable legacies with us."
==24 Hour News 8 Political Reporter Rick Albin was at the event and has a full report above.==
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