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Ceremony to Honor Plymouth's Only American Revolution Veteran

Dedication, which will take place July 4, will honor Titus Hoisington, whose remains are believed to be buried at First Presbyterian Church.

On July 4, one local veteran is hoping another gets his due. 

John Pappas, a Vietnam War veteran, spearheaded a successful fundraising effort to recognize Titus Vespatian Hoisington, , with a monoument. 

The effort will come to fruition after the city’s on July 4, when a ceremony will take place at , where Hoisington’s remains are believed to be buried in an unmarked grave, and a monument will be placed.

Hoisington, who was born on June 8,  1762, enlisted in the armed services when he was 14 years old, according to materials furnished by Pappas and the . Hoisington was a member of the Vermont Militia, and he served until he was 21. Afterwards, he lived in what is now Salem Township and died in Plymouth on May 21, 1841.

Pappas hopes for a strong local turnout to recognize who arguably is the area’s original veteran.

“He never got a marker, never got credit for what he’s done,” Pappas said. 

The effort to raise money for the monument began when Garry Packard of the Plymouth Historical Museum approached Pappas about forming a committee to recognize Hoisington. 

Pappas said the $2,000 for the monument came primarily from private donations from individuals and was facilitated by Susan Storey of the , who helped spread the word about the effort.

“I’m ecstatic over it,” he said. “It’s one of the greatest honors I’ve had in my lifetime besides serving my country.”

Pappas said the ceremony, which takes place at about 10:30 a.m. on July 4, will include members of the Plymouth City Commission, distant family members of Hoisington and the Plymouth Fife and Drum Corps.

If you go:

What: Ceremony to dedicate monument to Titus Hoisington, Plymouth's lone American Revolution veteran.
When: About 10:30 a.m. on July 4.
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 701 Church St., Plymouth.

Karen Jenter July 04, 2011 at 10:45 PM
As a member of the DAR and living in Washtenaw Co., I am very pleased that Hoisington was located and honored, but am troubled in having to raise $6,000. Was it not known that free stones can be obtained for veterans from the Veterans Administration. Proof of his service is needed for this, but is usually obtainable from http://www.footnote.com/, Now I realize that one must pay for a subscription to this site, I am sure someone in the Plymouth area already subscribes and woulod have glady found the needed proof. Usually the only cost involved then is having someone dig the hole for the stone and pour the needed footing.

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