The Postal Service
will issue a "forever" stamp honoring the U.S. Coast Guard sometime in 2015. I like a good nautical-themed stamp, and when they go on sale
I intend to buy a bunch of them.
United States Coast Guard, Forever® | USPS Stamps
From the USPS:
This stamp honors the United States Coast Guard for its role in protecting the security
of the nation and advancing its vital maritime interests.
In an oil
painting on masonite, renowned aviation artist William S. Phillips depicts two icons of the Coast Guard: the cutter
Eagle, a three-masted sailing ship known as “America’s Tall Ship,” and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, the standard rescue
aircraft of the Coast Guard.
One hundred years ago the agency received its current
name, when President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the 1915 “Act to Create the Coast Guard.” The origins of the Coast Guard, however, go back to 1790, when President George Washington
signed into law an act that provided for a fleet of ten boats, or “revenue cutters,” to aid in “the collection of duties … imported into the United States.”
Today’s Coast Guard has 38,000 active-duty men
and women; 8,000 Reservists; and many volunteer auxiliary personnel. In addition to saving lives at sea, their responsibilities include enforcing maritime law, overseeing aids to navigation
, carrying out icebreaking operations, protecting the marine environment
, responding to oil
spills and water
pollution, ensuring port security
, supporting scientific research
at sea, combating terrorism, and aiding in the nation’s defense.
Phil Jordan was the art director for the stamp.
The United States Coast Guard
stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current
First-Class Mail® one-ounce price