July 19, 2013
The Jacksonville Aviation Authority is holding a formal dedication Friday at Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport to celebrate the completion of the James Edwin Craig memorial pavilion.
They will also honor the legacy of Craig, for whom the airport is named.
"We're going to have a pictorial timeline of the history of the airport displayed at the observation area," said JAA spokesperson Debbie Jones. "They'll be able to sit and watch the traffic out on the air field, they'll also be able to listen to the air traffic controllers communicate with pilots as they come in and out so it's just a wonderful way for the community and aviation enthusiast to come out to this airport and enjoy the rich history that JAX-EX brings to the community as well as enjoy some wonderful aviation activity."
Lieutenant Commander Craig was killed in action aboard the USS Pennsylvania during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
JAA will also honor local military heroes. Proceeds from last month's JAXEX Runway 5K will be presented to the Greater Jacksonville USO to support local troops and their families.