Reagan, San Diego Post Office Host Namesake Stamp Dedication


Story Number: NNS050222-13Release Date: 2/22/2005 1:53:00 PM
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By Lt. Suzanna Cigna, USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs

USS RONALD REAGAN (NNS) -- Congressmen Duncan Hunter and Duke Cunningham joined USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Commanding Officer Capt. James A. Symonds and San Diego Postmaster Carol Conroy in a special stamp dedication ceremony Feb. 18.

The event, honoring the life of the nation's 40th President, Ronald Reagan, took place in the aircraft carrier's hangar bay at Naval Air Station North Island, and was one of several nationwide stamp ceremonies that began Feb. 9.

"The United States Postal Service is honoring the man who was known by his fellow Americans as the Great Communicator," said Conroy in delivering her remarks. "As a communicator, Ronald Reagan understood the value of the written word - the handwritten word. Perhaps that's why he wrote and mailed more than 10,000 letters during his incredible lifetime."

"As he was a man of letters when few are these days, it is fitting that we take time on his ship to dedicate a new stamp to the memory of our great American hero, President Ronald Reagan," said Symonds in his remarks.

It is the tradition of the Postal Service to honor prominent Americans with a stamp no sooner than 10 years after their death. 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. Reagan, who served as 40th U.S. President, from 1981 until 1989, was born Feb. 6, 1911.

For related news, visit the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn76.

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