Veterans

2001 34¢ Honoring Veterans
November 11, 1954

Veterans Day

On November 11, 1954, America first observed Veterans Day, previously known as Armistice Day.  Initially a day set aside to honor the veterans of World War I, it was expanded in 1954 to pay tribute to all veterans.   

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1969 6¢ The American Legion
November 10, 1919

First Convention of the American Legion 

On November 10, 1919, the American Legion held its first convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Legion has been a champion for military service members for over a century.

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2003 37¢ Purple Heart, 11.25 x 10.75 perf
August 7, 1782

George Washington Creates Forerunner of Purple Heart

On August 7, 1782, George Washington ordered the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to be awarded for bravery in battle. The predecessor of the Purple Heart, it’s one of the oldest military awards worldwide that is open to all who are wounded in battle.

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1980 15¢ Veterans Administration
July 21, 1930

Creation of the Veterans Administration 

On July 21, 1930, President Hoover signed legislation forming the Veterans Administration, often called simply, the VA.

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1970 6¢ Honoring US Servicemen: POW and MIA
July 18, 1979

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

On July 18, 1979, the first National POW/MIA Recognition Day was observed. It’s a day to honor past and present POW/MIAs, rededicate efforts to bring them home, and care for the families still waiting on their return home.

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2007 41¢ Gerald Ford
July 14, 1913

Happy Birthday Gerald Ford! 

Leslie Lynch King Jr., better known as Gerald Rudolph Ford, was born on July 14, 1913, in Omaha, Nebraska.  He was the only US president not elected to the presidency or vice presidency.

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1922 50¢ Arlington Amphitheatre
June 15, 1864

Arlington National Cemetery

On June 15, 1864, Arlington National Cemetery was officially established.  Arlington was created to provide a burial site for the increasing number of fallen soldiers during the Civil War. 

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1991 29¢ Flags on Parade
May 30, 1868

The First Memorial Day 

On May 30, 1868, the first Memorial Day, then called Decoration Day, was held in the United States.  It’s grown to become a federal holiday dedicated to remembering the sacrifices of our fallen soldiers.

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2009 44¢ Bob Hope
May 29, 1903

Birth of Bob Hope

Leslie Townes “Bob” Hope was born on May 29, 1903, in Eltham, London, England. Hope was the most honored entertainer in history, but his greatest legacy was the gift of laughter he brought to millions of American service men and women stationed far from home.

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