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A look back at 2023 stamp ceremonies

In January, dancers from San Francisco’s Lion Dance ME dance troupe performed during the Year of the Rabbit stamp ceremony.

The Postal Service held lively ceremonies throughout 2023 to celebrate this year’s stamp releases.

John Lewis, a former U.S. representative and a giant of the civil rights era, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 107th U.S. Supreme Court justice and the second woman on the court, were among the dignitaries honored with stamps.

Other events celebrated authors Toni Morrison and Ernest J. Gaines, who was featured on this year’s Black Heritage stamp; Chief Standing Bear, another civil rights icon; artist Roy Lichtenstein; and children’s author Tomie dePaola.

This year’s ceremonies also showcased animals and nature, including events for the Endangered Species stamps; the 2023 Love stamps, which feature a puppy and a kitten; and the Tulip Blossoms and Waterfalls stamps.

Scientific marvels were showcased at the ceremony for the OSIRIS-REx stamp, which celebrates a NASA mission that studied, mapped and collected a sample from an asteroid; and the dedication for the Life Magnified stamps, which features images of life undetectable by the human eye.

Meanwhile, the Women’s Soccer stamp event showcased a sport that has grown in popularity, and the Thinking of You dedication celebrated stamps that are designed to help people keep in touch with loved ones.

Other stamp ceremonies showcased holidays and commemorations, including events for the Piñatas! and Snow Globes stamps, as well as the dedication for Year of the Rabbit, this year’s Lunar New Year stamp.