Honoring Extraordinary Heroism: The Service Cross Medals stamps recognize the highest tier of military decorations for valor in combat in each branch of the armed forces.
Military decorations are a grateful nation’s way of honoring the bravery and achievements of members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
The stamps recognize the highest tier of military decorations for valor: the Distinguished Service Cross (Army), Navy Cross (Navy and Marine Corps), Air Force Cross, and Coast Guard Cross.
Previous stamp issuances have depicted the highest military decoration for valor in combat: the Medal of Honor.
Honoring Extraordinary Heroism Stamps
The four stamps in this set recognize the country’s second-highest military decoration for valor in combat, in each branch of the armed forces.
Each stamp consists of a photograph of one of the four medals suspended from a ribbon and shown against a dark blue backdrop.
These decorations are awarded for acts of extraordinary heroism in which an individual braved enemy fire, made bold decisions, and took selfless actions to rescue or protect fellow service members.
Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps and stamp sheet, working with photographs of the medals by Richard Frasier.
The Honoring Extraordinary Heroism: The Service Cross Medals stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp.
This Forever stamp will always be equal to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.
The pictorial postmark features stars and stripes as a fitting reminder of all that these heroic service members fought to protect.
The full-color program features the First Day Ceremony agenda and participants on one side, with a narrative about the stamp design on the reverse.
The program is tucked inside a colorful 9 x 6-inch envelope bearing an affixed, randomly selected Forever® stamp and the official First Day of Issue cancellation.
Also included are the words “First Day of Issue Ceremony Program” and “Celebrate the Art of Stamps” along with the official United States Postal Service® logo.
Title: USPS Honoring Extraordinary Heroism Stamps
Date of Issue: 30 May 2016
Denominations: Forever x 4
Source: US Postal Service