President Ford to be on new stamp
WASHINGTON – President Gerald R. Ford, who died in December, will be honored on a new postage stamp to be issued Aug. 31, the Postal Service announced Monday.The design of the 41-cent stamp was unveiled at the annual dinner of the Ford Foundation.Traditionally, presidents are honored with a commemorative stamp around the time of their next birthday anniversary, following their death. Ford’s birthday was July 14, but his family selected the August release date, postal officials said.Ordinary citizens cannot be commemorated on a stamp until five years after their death.Dedication ceremonies for the new stamp will be held at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich., and in Rancho Mirage, Calif., where he had lived the last several years of his life.”This stamp personifies his strong character as a courageous and principled leader who successfully healed the nation at a critical time in our history,” Postmaster General John Potter said in a statement.—On the Net:U.S. Postal Service: http://www.usps.com
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