A Humble Thank You from the American Philatelic Society
While many of us have been confined at home, many “Everyday Heroes” have been working hard, helping us make it through. Thank you to the doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals who’ve been tending to the ill and providing comfort to the dying. To the grocery store workers who have helped sustain us in this incredible time. To the utility workers who have kept our power on, our internet working and our municipal services operating while sheltered at home. To the law enforcement officers and first responders who’ve helped keep us safe in times of crisis. To them and others who’ve been out while the rest of us have been in, we want to say, “Thank you.”
Following the tragic events of 9/11, Congress created the Heroes of 2001 semipostal stamp. The stamp honored the brave men and women who rushed into danger following the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. It’s my hope we can see fit to honor our everyday heroes similarly.
Experienced collectors know that one of the best ways to manage the challenges of life is by working on your collection. During the Great Depression and World War II, the White House released photos of APS member and President Franklin D. Roosevelt working on his collection to help him manage our nation’s challenges. Until there is a U.S. stamp for the heroes of this pandemic, we want to show our thanks with the gift of stamp collecting. That’s why we’re introducing “Stamp for Champs.” This idea was inspired by APS Vice President, Jeff Shapiro, who wanted to give back to those who have given so much. It’s a great idea and we hope you’ll agree.
We’re asking for you to help. All you have to do is navigate to our website (https://aps.buzz/Stamps4Champs), share the story of this hero with us and provide their contact address and information so we can enroll them as digital members.
Many folks are showing kindness these days. We want to reach those who are out there every day while we are safe at home. APS members will be limited to one nomination; please share your nominations by September 30, 2020. We’re going to be share their stories with you and hope you’ll join us in thanking them and encouraging them to stay with us for years to come.
U.S. Scott B2, the Heroes of 2001 semipostal, issued in June 2002. The stamp paid thefirst-class rate (34¢) and was sold for 45¢. The proceeds supported families of the first responders who were killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty in connection with terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
APS Vice President Jeff Shapiro at the 2019 Summer Seminar.