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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Official Dedication of Robert H. Jackson Air Field

JAMESTOWN – September 29, 2014 - The Robert H. Jackson is pleased to announce that a dedication ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 4, 2014 to officially name the Robert H. Jackson Field at the Greater Chautauqua-Jamestown Airport. The airport’s terminal was previously dedicated in Jackson’s honor in 1973 and on Saturday all of the airport’s runways and surrounding grounds will be named in his honor. This event is free and open to the public.

The celebration will begin at 10 a.m. at the airport’s Robert H. Jackson Terminal, 3163 Airport Drive in Jamestown, with the landing of a military C-47 (DC3) aircraft, and special appearance by “Robert H. Jackson.” Property of the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo, NY, the C-47 aircraft was recently in Normandy to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. Its appearance at the airport in Jamestown is made possible through support provided by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the Robert H. Jackson Center, and Bruce Janowsky, a Jackson Center board member.

Emcee for the dedication ceremony will be Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan. Other speakers include Greg Peterson, co-founder of the Robert H. Jackson Center, and George Spanos, Chautauqua County Public Facilities Director, who will welcome the airport’s new carrier, Sun Air Express. The event will also pay special tribute to the service and sacrifice of area World War II veterans, and tours of the C-47 aircraft will be offered after the ceremony.

"This is an exciting opportunity to pay honor to native son Robert H. Jackson, as well as our veterans; all exemplify the qualities of courage, dedication, concern, and conviction – things that move and inspire the rest of us to do more and be more," said Mr. Peterson.

Robert H. Jackson, former country lawyer, U.S. Solicitor General, U.S. Attorney General, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and Chief U.S. Prosecutor before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, lived the American Dream. Through intelligence and hard work, he rose from a rural background to have a significant impact on national and world affairs. Justice Jackson’s writings and actions have come to personify the American ideal of fairness and justice for all. His approach at Nuremberg set the standards used to address aggressive war, war crimes and crimes against humanity, even in our world today.

The Robert H. Jackson Center was established to present and interpret the inspirational life and extraordinary accomplishments of Robert H. Jackson. The Center is located at 305 E. Fourth Street, Jamestown. For information, contact 716-483-6646 or email

Pictured, Robert H. Jackson, Jamestown native and Chief American Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trial, pictured 4th from the right, circa 1946.
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