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On Saturday, April 23, at 8:00am, the City of St. Augustine will lower the American flag to half-staff in honor of 2016 de Aviles Award recipient Gudrun Hall, who passed away on April 6, 2022. This is part of the City’s protocol to honor deceased former city commissioners and other notable figures, including recipients of the de Aviles Award. The de Aviles Award recognizes those identified in public service or those who are well-known and respected by the citizenry who have dedicated and honorable service to the community of St. Augustine and St. Johns County.
On May 9, 2016, Hall and her husband, Bob, were presented with the de Aviles Award in recognition for their decades of volunteer service to the living history community. Mr. Hall preceded Mrs. Hall in death on September 7, 2019.
“The Halls were zealous defenders of the city’s authentic historic heritage,” Mayor Tracy Upchurch reflected. “As residents of the historic downtown area and avid interpreters of our ancestors, they quite literally lived the life of those they portrayed.”
Together, they were founding members of Historic Florida Militia, and Ms. Hall was especially known for her extraordinary skills as a seamstress, having served as the costumer for the State of Florida’s Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board.
The flag will be raised again at 5:00pm on Saturday, April 23.