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.