In an early observance of Veterans Day, Spartan Nash and the Gerald R. Ford International Airport officially cut the ribbon Thursday on the airport’s new Military Welcome Center. The new, multi-million dollar private space is located in the airport’s pre-security area, and is a 24-hour lounge for active military, veterans and their families to relax when traveling.
Airport President and CEO Jim Gill says the Military Welcome Center is the least that the airport could do for the country’s veterans.
“I think the overarching message that we have with our military welcome center and our partnership with Spartan Nash, is that we care," Gill Said. "We care about our veterans, we recognize and appreciate their service on behalf the country and behalf of us. We think this is a very small gesture that we can do to recognize all those monumental efforts that they have done for us.”
In addition to modern comforts, the Military Welcome Center features a map of the world that allows veterans to use a tack to mark the places their service has taken them. WGVU partnered with the airport, and provides military based programing featured on its PBS station.