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Monument dedication takes place

Saturday, August 22, 2009

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Kelli Ann Hall Jones (left) and Charles T. Hall stand next to the monument dedicated to their father, Charles B. Hall, Saturday, during a ceremony honoring Hall. [Order this photo]
For Kelli Ann Hall Jones, Saturday's ceremony was very special.

"It's so important," Jones said Saturday following the dedication ceremony for the Charles B. Hall Memorial in front of Brazil City Hall.

Jones is the youngest of Hall's children and lives in Oklahoma City, Okla.

"This was a chance for me to come to his hometown," Jones said. "I'd never been here. It's a lovely town."

A reception took place prior to the dedication with members of the Jackson Township Community Band and Brazil Concert Band entertaining guests.

At 1 p.m., Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw introduced emcee David Wire, who then asked Berea Christian Church Minister Tom Hess to the podium for the invocation.

Wire then introduced the speakers at the event, which included keynote speaker Ret. Major Gen. Dorian Trent Anderson.

"Today is a great day," Anderson said. "Brazil and the Clay County community decided to honor one of their own."

Calling Hall a "hero and inspiration," Anderson said the efforts set forth by the Charles B. Hall Foundation were "Herculean."

"This memorial is a reminder that we are expected to be better," Anderson said. "We are not victims. We are victorious."

Alex Huskey, Supt. Of Indiana State Excise Police, spoke on behalf of Gov. Mitch Daniels.

"This day serves as an inspiration for us all," Huskey said. "Brazil, Indiana, and the citizens of Indiana stand in resolve that we will not forget where we came from."

Following the unveiling of the monument, Hall's son, Charles T. Hall, spoke.

"We as a family appreciate this community," he said.

Jones echoed Charles T. Hall's sentiments.

"This is a humbling experience," she said. "I'm proud."

Charles B. Hall was a member of the Tuskegee Airman and was the first African-American to shoot down a German fighter plane during World War II.

On Saturday, Ted Englehart, who helped spearhead the foundation's efforts and went to school with Charles B. Hall, talked a little about the history of the Tuskegee Airman and Hall.

Someone else could have been the first pilot," Englehart said, "but Charles Hall was that first pilot."


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It was a beautiful ceremony and well attended. Thank you, Mary Hendrickson, for helping get this thing started!

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Sat, Aug 22, 2009, at 2:31 PM

In am sorry I could not attend the wonderful event. I am so proud to be from Brazil Indiana.

-- Posted by Nosredna Retep on Sat, Aug 22, 2009, at 3:48 PM

What a wonderful tribute! I'm really glad to see Brazil doing this.

-- Posted by JaniLou on Sat, Aug 22, 2009, at 5:04 PM

A very nice tribute. How long before the vandals deface it?

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Aug 22, 2009, at 9:19 PM

This is the Brazil I grew up in and love.

-- Posted by reddevil on Sat, Aug 22, 2009, at 10:58 PM

It was a great ceremony glad I was able to attend

-- Posted by confused33 on Sun, Aug 23, 2009, at 8:12 AM

Another proud moment this week for Brazil! Excellent job honoring WWII Vets!

-- Posted by speedfreak on Sun, Aug 23, 2009, at 8:43 AM

It's a lovely town." was she talking about Brazil?

first African-American to shoot down a German fighter plane during World War II. was that necessary ? he was a vet. that is the important part.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Mon, Aug 24, 2009, at 9:58 AM

Being a former Brazilian, I must say this tribute is a very good thing,and hope to return some day to see it,

The fact that Mr Hall was the first African American Pilot to shoot down a german fighter is a great moment in History,

If some of the posters on this page would take the time and really learn what these men went thru just to become aviators,there would be more respect,I am an avid aviator junkie,( also Caucasion) and I Cant even begin to comprehend the inhumane torure thes young men went through.

My Congradulations to the people who had the forsight and respect for this man to put up a marker to Mr.Hall God bless America

-- Posted by T-REX on Mon, Aug 24, 2009, at 10:33 AM

I'm sure all pilots went through alot,exspecially WWII. not taking anything away from any Vet. I just think we are trying to get away from race or sex in our military today. Lets be equal.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Mon, Aug 24, 2009, at 1:55 PM

Quote; "first African-American to shoot down a German fighter plane during World War II. was that necessary ?"

Yes.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Mon, Aug 24, 2009, at 2:47 PM

Lee Thall

don't think so if you really think that then who was the first pilot to shoot down a german fighter? one is important as the other. first female pilot? can you help me out? they all are important .

-- Posted by Sand mann on Mon, Aug 24, 2009, at 4:55 PM


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