Accused of dissing West Virginia, USPS moves stamp unveiling

After newspapers and politicians in West Virginia complained about the USPS’s plan to hold first day ceremonies in Washington for a stamp honoring West Virginia’s New River Gorge Bridge, the postal service has apparently relented:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) today announced the U.S. Postal Service will host a ceremony in Fayetteville for the release of the New River Gorge Bridge stamp.

“I am pleased to have secured this event, believing it’s important that West Virginians be able to participate in the unveiling of the stamp and in showcasing one of our more remarkable structural accomplishments,” said Rahall. “The New River Gorge and the Bridge have meaning and significance for so many in southern West Virginia, and we deserve a day to take pride in our achievement.”

The First Day of Sale ceremony will be held on April 11, 2011. It will coincide with the nationwide release of the priority mail stamp picturing the world famous southern West Virginia superstructure.

Details of the Fayetteville-area stamp release ceremony – including location and time – are in the final planning stages and will be announced shortly.