Memorial Bridge Dedicated in Honor of Dr. Chester Aikens

Family members onhand for the occasion included the Aikens family: Chae, Jean and Chet Aikens

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) invited the community to a special ceremony last week to commemorate Dr. Chester A. Aikens, former member of the JAA Board of Directors. JAA Board of Directors Terri Davlantes welcomed the attendees to the ceremony, while Rolf Riechmann Airport Manager provided an inspirational quote of Chester Aikens’ commitment to the community. JAA Human Resource Director Michael Rogers presided over the unveiling of the pathway that leads to the entrance of the JAA on the airport grounds.

Dr. Aikens, was a member of the bi-model Jacksonville Port Authority Board of Directors from 1993-1999 and was appointed by Mayor Ed Austin and reappointed by mayor John Delany. He was also appointed to serve on the Jacksonville Aviation Authority’s Board of Directors by Mayors John Peyton in 2007 and Alvin Brown in 2011. Throughout his tenure with the Aviation Authority, Dr. Aikens represented the Jacksonville Aviation Authority in community, state and economic development affairs and with the utmost integrity and professionalism.

The bridge is located near the JAA Administration Building. The inspirational quote was taken from Dr. Martin Luther King: “Everybody can be great – because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”

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