On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, the United States Post Office issued a new stamp that pays tribute to 464 World War II Medal of Honor recipients. The Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor in combat, is presented “for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty.”
The issuance of this Forever stamp is unusual and very provocative in its design. It lists the names of all 464 recipients of the Medal of Honor, with photographs of the 12 surviving veterans. Sadly, three of these heroes have since passed before the issuance of this stamp.
As many who read this will recall, more then 16 million Americans served in the armed forces during World War II. Many were our fathers, grandfathers and mothers, too. Many never returned home, providing the greatest sacrifice to our country. We will forever be grateful for their service and courage.
To honor all those who have served, or are currently in active duty, and continue to protect our precious liberty and freedom, take a minute, thank a veteran, say a quiet prayer, and fly the flag. Our country is great because of its people, but especially our heroes who have served their country so proudly! Please consider using Medal of Honor stamps for your letters, and never for a moment take for granted that the cost of freedom is free.
Thank you Jason, Tom, Dan, and my dad!
Ziek is postmaster in West Davenport