The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the USS Arizona Memorial by issuing a new Priority Mail Express stamp on March 13.
The stamps will be unveiled and officially dedicated at a free First Day of Issue ceremony on that date at the USS Arizona Memorial visitor center. Among the special guests at the event will be some USS Arizona survivors.
Former U.S. senator Daniel Akaka will be in attendance for the ceremony.
This Priority Mail Express stamp features an illustration of the USS Arizona Memorial created by artist Dan Cosgrove. 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 stamp was designed by art director Phil Jordan.
The public is invited to attend the First Day of Issue ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on March 13. 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 on Mar. 13 at Post Offices nationwide, online at USPS.com and by phone at 800-782-6724.