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May 17, 2006
Concord, NH – Today various members the legislature, executive branch, and state departments joined Senate President Ted Gatsas and Governor John Lynch to honor and remember Chris Pappas. The number 1 Disabled Veterans license plate, first given to Chris Pappas, was bestowed upon Joseph Vitale during a ceremony at the State House in Concord.
Chris Pappas was the originator of the idea that disabled Veterans should receive license plates honoring their service to the United States Armed Forces. In 1949, then Governor Sherman Adams awarded the number 1 Disabled Veterans license plate to Chris Pappas for his work on spearheading the initiative. Chris Pappas continued his commitment to government work by becoming a member of the House of Representatives, representing Manchester and working hard on Veteran issues.
Senate President Ted Gatsas (R- Manchester) remarked, “I was first contacted by Mr. Pappas’s daughter, Marty, and asked to help preserve this piece of New Hampshire history. We attempted to retire the plate, but were unable. So we were fortunate to find a very deserving Veteran to pass the plate to - - JosephVitale. I am sure Joe will continue the legacy that Chris Pappas began when he was issued the first Disabled Veteran plate.”
Today’s ceremony was held in the Hall of Flags – an appropriate location given the number of flags that represent battles and the patriotic citizens that gave the ultimate sacrifice.