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Family deems event 'special'

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Two of Charles B. Hall's children, Kelli Ann Hall-Jones (left) and Charles T. Hall stand next to the monument dedicated to their father located in front of Brazil City Hall. [Order this photo]
For Kelli Ann Hall Jones, Saturday's festivities were 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. Until the ceremony, she had never seen her father's hometown.

Charles B. Hall had named his P-4o Warhawk "The Maxine," after his first wife. On Saturday, Maxine Payne Hall (right) attended the ceremony, saying she didn't have the words to express her gratitude. [Order this photo]
"This was a chance for me to come to (Brazil)," Jones said. "I'd never been here. It's a lovely town."

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."

Several of Hall's family attended the ceremony Saturday, including Maxine Hall Payne, Charles B. Hall's first wife.

"What a great tribute," Payne said of the festivities. "It means everything. I wouldn't have missed it for the world. It's so wonderful. I really don't have the words."

Members of the community watched as family members and representatives of the Charles B. Hall Memorial Foundation unveiled the monument Saturday.

Phylliss McQueen, a first cousin of the Hall family who lives in Hobart, said the recognition was overdue but appreciated.

"To the family, it means the endurance and the rough time he went through have not gone unnoticed," McQueen said.

McQueen said she was raised in Terre Haute, but her father grew up in Brazil.

"This was kind of like home territory for me," McQueen said.

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