The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the USS Arizona Memorial by issuing a new Priority Mail Express stamp on March 13.
The stamp features an illustration of the USS Arizona Memorial created by artist Dan Cosgrove and designed by art director Phil Jordan. The white concrete memorial rises above the sunken Arizona in the shape of a bridge. The stamp art depicts the memorial under a sunny sky and bright clouds with an American flag fluttering overhead and a reflection of the memorial on the water below.
The decision was made by the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee, located in Washington D.C. ”The CSAC receives 50,000 stamp subject suggestions each year,” said Duke Gonzales of the U.S. Postal Service. “An Arizona Memorial stamp has been championed by USS Arizona Memorial supporters for many years.”
The stamp will be unveiled and officially dedicated at a free First Day of Issue ceremony on March 13, 10:30-11 a.m., at the USS Arizona Memorial visitor center. Among the special guests at the event will be some USS Arizona survivors.
Those in attendance will be able to purchase USS Arizona Memorial Priority Mail Express stamps and have them hand cancelled for free with a special commemorative First Day of Issue postmark by postal personnel at the event site from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The stamps themselves will be available for purchase at post offices nationwide, online at USPS.comand by phone at 800-782-6724.