Medal of Honor Recipients to Dedicate Vietnam War Stamps on Memorial Day

pr15_031-02WASHINGTON — Nearly a dozen Vietnam Medal of Honor recipients will help the Postal Service dedicate the Limited Edition Medal of Honor: Vietnam War Forever Stamps.

The ceremony will be held at 1 p.m., Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and theNational Park Service will host the ceremony, which is free and open to the public. Continue reading

USPS issues limited edition Missing Children stamps

missingchildrenANAHEIM, CA — There were nearly half a million reports of missing children last year. To heighten awareness of this critical issue, Postmaster General Megan Brennan dedicated the Limited Edition Missing Children Forever stamps at the National Postal Forum in Anaheim, CA, today. The educational stamp sheet provides information on National Missing Children’s Day and how to aid in the search for missing children. Continue reading

Royal Mail issues second set of stamps to commemorate First World War

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Royal Mail presents the second part of its landmark, commemorative programme marking the outbreak of the First World War. Each year of the war is explored though a stamp which covers six key themes: Poppies, Poetry, Portraits, War Art, Memorials and Artefacts.

The stories of the War are told through imagery including historic memorials, artefacts that have become synonymous with the conflict, portraits of some of the participants, art showing some of the famous and moving scenes of the conflict, and newly-commissioned artworks of poppies – the symbol of Remembrance – from renowned artists such as Sir Howard Hodgkin.

These themes combine to form a poignant collection which serves as a fitting way to commemorate the tragic conflict. Continue reading

USPS Celebrates Special Olympics World Games with Forever stamp

specialolympicsstampThis year, the U.S. Postal Service® celebrates the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, the flagship event of the Special Olympics movement. The Games will be held in Los Angeles from July 25 to August 2. More than half a million spectators will enjoy nine days of challenging and inspiring international competition as more than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will compete in 25 Olympic-type sports. It will be the first time the Special Olympics World Summer Games have been held in the United States since 1999.

The stamp features the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles logo, showcasing the colors of flags from participating countries, showcasing the colors of flags from participating countries. “The logo’s celebratory figure represents the courage, determination and joy of our athletes,” says Patrick McClenahan, president and chief executive officer of the 2015 Games. “Placing the iconic image inside the circle represents acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.”

The words “Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015” and “Forever/USA” appear on the stamp; its colored background begins as a light orange at the top of the stamp then darkens as it moves toward the bottom.

The title of the sheet “Special Olympics World Games” appears in two shades of orange on a white background. The orange colors in the title are repeated in a simple design at the top of the sheet.

Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp.

The Special Olympics World Games stamp is being issued in sheets of 20 self-adhesive Forever® stamps. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.

Source: Special Olympics World Games

Isle of Man issues commemorative stamp set celebrating royal birth

From the Isle of Man Post Office:

It’s a royal baby girl!

Isle of Man Post Office is delighted to join in the royal celebrations following the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s daughter HRH the Princess of Cambridge with a postal tribute to commemorate this very special day.

Oiompo_cpi690x300_royalprincessur specially-issued label set includes a reprint of the stamps issued to mark the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton joined by a label announcing the details of the birth of their daughter, HRH the Princess of Cambridge. Also available as a sheet of four label sets, in mint condition or Cancelled to Order (CTO), postmarked with the date of birth and accompanied by a wrap over with text on the reverse by Claudia Joseph, author of ‘Kate – The Making of A Princess’.

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For more, visit the Isle of Man Post Office web site