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Family and friends celebrate beloved veteran's memory

Members of the American Legion and Auxiliary and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Wolfeboro and Ossipee joined in paying tribute at the grave in Chickville Cemetery of long time Ossipee resident and US Army veteran Herbert Hall. Pastor Murray Nickerson, at left, led a service in the church prior to the ceremony. Hall's widow, Natalie Hall, stands at the far right. (Photo by Elissa Paquette) (click for larger version)
May 22, 2019
OSSIPEE — It was a bright and sunny day outside the town of Ossipee's Chickville Community Church on Sunday, May 19. Inside the historic building, members of the American Legion and Auxiliary and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Wolfeboro and Ossipee gathered with family and friends of US Army veteran Herbert Hall, who passed away last year, to honor his service to the country.

Cub Scout Mason Pouliot from Pack 290 in Manchester entered the church bearing the colors, followed by his father and Cub Master, Shane Pouliot. The service opened with "The Star Spangled Banner" with Kris Newcomb at the organ, and followed with the traditional Memorial Day favorites,"My Country Tis of Thee" and "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah."

Pastor Murray Nickerson offered a sermon entitled, "No, Freedom Isn't Free," in which he emphasized the sacrifices of the soldiers and families of those who have died in battle through our nation's history.

A graveside ceremony followed, punctuated by a rifle salute by Harold Chamberlin and Taps, by John May.

Herbert Hall was born in Rochester on Nov. 22, 1936, and spent his younger years in Strattford, moving later on to Ossipee, where he and his wife, Natalie, raised their four children: Dana, David, Shane and Debra. Hall owned Herb's Service Center and he and Natalie owned and operated Hall Oil Company.

He served during the Korean Crisis, as a cook in Fort Meade, Md., and later in Stuttgart, Germany with the 94th Engineer Battalion as a truck driver.

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