StampShow 2019 to Honor Four-Legged Heroes
U.S. Postal Service Recognizes Military Working Dogs on Forever Stamps
The American Philatelic Society is pleased to announce that the StampShow 2019 festivities in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, will kick off with a special dedication ceremony for the newest U.S. Postal Service Forever stamp issue: Military Working Dogs Forever.
On Thursday, August 1st, at 12 noon, join the U.S. Postal Service and the APS as we honor the nation's brave and loyal canines at the first day ceremony for the Military Working Dogs Forever stamps. The ceremony will feature remarks from Dave Keeton, a U.S. Army veteran, who was partnered in Vietnam for 18 months with King, a German shepherd. Keeton, who has written five books about King and other war dogs, has campaigned tirelessly since 2006 to honor the service of the working dogs of the military with a U.S. postage stamp.
The ceremony will also welcome military working dogs from Offutt Air Force Base.
The U.S. Postal Service encourages dedication ceremony attendees to RSVP at usps.com/militarydogs. The ceremony will be livestreamed on the USPS and APS Facebook pages from the show floor of StampShow at the CHI Health Center in downtown Omaha.
News of the stamps are being shared with the hashtag #MilitaryDogsStamps. The American Philatelic Society StampShow news and updates are being shared with the hashtag #StampShow2019.
About Military Working Dogs
Brave and loyal military working dogs are essential members of America’s armed forces. Courageous canines have aided U.S. soldiers in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Today, the 341st Training Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base just outside of San Antonio, TX, trains American military working dogs and their handlers.
Dozens of dog breeds have served in the U.S. armed forces, but over time the number has decreased significantly. Modern military working dogs are predominantly Belgian Malinois, German Shepherds and Dutch Shepherds. Labrador Retrievers are often trained as specialized search dogs.
About Military Working Dogs Forever
In this booklet of 20, each block of four stamps features one stamp of each of the following breeds—German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, Dutch Shepherd and Belgian Malinois —that commonly serve in America’s armed forces. The background of each stamp features a detail of a white star. A star appears in the center of each block. The stylized digital illustrations are in red, white, blue and gold to represent the American flag and patriotism. The art was created by DKNG Studios. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps.
The Military Working Dogs stamps are being issued as Forever stamps and will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.
StampShow 2019 Comes to Downtown Omaha
APS StampShow/National Topical Stamp Show is the largest national event of 2019 for the stamp hobby. It will be held at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska, from August 1-4. The Military Working Dogs first day ceremony is the first major event of the show, which is open and free for the public to enjoy. Attendees will be able to collect a unique first day of issue cachet and cover with the new Military Dogs stamps at the event. The USPS will also have a large retail presence at the show, offering a selection of current U.S. stamps, postal stationery, and philatelic items for sale.
Information about the new Military Working Dogs stamp comes from the USPS Newsroom press release.
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