(June 16, 2004) -- The U.S. Postal Service plans to issue a postage stamp bearing the likeness of former President Ronald Reagan in 2005.
In a written release announcing the Reagan stamp, U.S. Postmaster General John E. Potter said:
"The Postal Service will be proud to add a commemorative postage stamp to recognize the many honors that President Reagan, a man of diverse talents, accumulated throughout his life and beyond. The stamp will deliver a heart-warming message on letters and packages to Americans everywhere."
The release said it's a Postal Service tradition to honor prominent Americans with a stamp no sooner than 10 years after their death...but the single exception to this policy is for a U.S. President, who may be honored with a postage stamp on the first birth anniversary following death.
President Reagan was born on February 6, 1911.
The Postal Service said it is working with the Reagan family on the necessary arrangements for the stamp.
Additional details about the design and the issuance ceremony will be announced when they are completed, U.S.P.S. said.