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USPS dedicates patriotic stamp

Star Ribbon stamp dedication
Dancers James Dutton and Jessica Holty strike a pose at last week’s Star Ribbon stamp dedication ceremony.

Star Ribbon, the Postal Service’s latest stamp, was dedicated last week.

“This beautiful stamp features the five-pointed star, one of America’s most enduring symbols,” said Michael Elston, acting secretary of the Postal Service Board of Governors, who led the dedication ceremony.

“The Star Ribbon Forever stamp is a modern take on patriotic stamps and evokes the connectedness of the American people, reminding us that there is so much more that unites us than divides us.”

The ceremony was held during an American Stamp Dealers Association show. Other speakers included Michael J. McInturf, the Postal Service’s Great Lakes Area marketing manager, and Kristin Maravelias, the association’s vice president.

Additional highlights included patriotic music and dance performances.

The stamp features a digital illustration of a star made from a single red, white and blue ribbon.

The five-pointed star made its first appearance on a U.S. postage stamp in 1855 in what was only the sixth new stamp design after stamps started being issued in 1847.

The Star Ribbon stamp is available in coils of 3,000 and 10,000, as well as panes of 20.

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