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Remembering JFK

Stamp to mark centennial birthday

John Fitzgerald Kennedy stamp
The new John Fitzgerald Kennedy stamp honors the nation's 35th president.

The new stamp marking the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s birth will be available at Post Offices nationwide Feb. 21.

Kennedy remains a captivating and charismatic personality — one who appealed to the nation’s higher ideals and inspired young Americans to engage in public service.

He was inaugurated in 1961 at age 43, the youngest person elected president and the first Catholic to serve in the role.

During his presidency, Kennedy launched the Peace Corps to aid developing nations and set the United States on the path toward its historic moon landing in 1969.

He also led the nation through the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, a conflict that could have escalated into a major war.

Kennedy’s other achievements include helping to lead the efforts to end racial segregation, including submitting a bill that eventually was passed as the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.

PMG Megan J. Brennan will dedicate the new stamp Feb. 20 during a Presidents Day event at the Kennedy Library in Boston.

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