1957 4¢ Old Glory, 48 stars
December 7, 1941

The Flag of Liberation

On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. A day that will live in infamy, the attack prompted an unusual handling of the American flag, which became known as the Flag of Liberation.

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1953 3¢ New York City stamp
November 25, 1783

New York’s Evacuation Day

On November 25, 1783, the British Army left New York City following the American Revolutionary War.  The date was celebrated for over a century as Evacuation Day, with celebrations rivaling those held on the Fourth of July. 

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2002 34c & 11c Semipostal - Heroes of 2001 stamp
September 11, 2001

9/11 Terrorist Attacks And The Fate Of The Ground Zero Flag  

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on America. It was an event that changed our world forever. From that day forward, the term “9/11” would symbolize both disaster and heroics.

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2019 55¢ USS Missouri  stamp
September 2, 1945

Victory Over Japan Day

On September 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered to the Allies aboard the USS Missouri. This is celebrated as VJ in the US. Many other countries celebrate VJ Day on August 15, when Japan announced its surrender.

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1968 6¢ Historic American Flags: First Stars and Stripes stamp
August 23, 1784

The Flower Flag

On August 23, 1784, an American merchant ship unfurled the Stars and Stripes for the first time in China. The Chinese dubbed it the “Flower Flag,” and its passengers, “flower flag countrymen,” a name that endures today.

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1989 $2.40 Moon Landing stamp
July 20, 1969

U.S. Lands First Men On The Moon

On July 20, 1969, the US effectively won the Space Race when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the Eagle lunar module on the Moon’s surface.  

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1992 Pledge of Allegiance stamp
June 22, 1942

Pledge of Allegiance

On June 22, 1942, Congress formally adopted the Pledge of Allegiance.  Originally written by Francis Bellamy in 1884, the pledge been altered some over the years, but has remained unchanged since 1954.

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1968 First Stars and Stripes stamp
June 14, 1777

Happy Flag Day! 

On June 14, 1777, Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States.  Over time, this date became known as Flag Day, with it becoming an official national event in 1949.

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Se-tenant booklet pair
March 11, 1977

First Se-Tenant Booklet Stamps

On March 11, 1977, the USPS issued its first se-tenant stamps in booklet form.  The stamps had two different denominations, one to meet the first-class rate and one to meet the postcard rate.  This issue also included the first multi-color booklet stamp.

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