USS Arizona Memorial stamp recalls Pearl Harbour losses

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imports_CCGB_stamp-5-_06716.png USS Arizona Memorial stamp recalls Pearl Harbour losses
The 1,177 sailors lost in the bombing of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbour in 1941 are remembered in a new USPS Forever stamp. ...
The 1,177 sailors lost in the bombing of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbour in 1941 are remembered in a new USPS Forever stamp.

The $19.99 Forever stamp has a painting of the USS Arizona memorial, by Dan Cosgrove, to mark the centenary of the laying of the first keel of the USS Arizona. The ship was hit by enemy fire at Pearl Harbour, part of an attack on 7 December 1941 which brought the USA into World War Two.

USPS information technology vice president John Edgar said: 'Today, nearly 100 years to the day that the Navy laid the keel to begin construction of the Arizona, we gather to pay tribute to its final resting spot. Not everyone will have an opportunity to visit Hawaii and see this memorial in person. But with this stamp, they’ll be able to see what it looks like and be reminded of what it stands for.'

The USS Arizona Memorial

The Arizona Memorial is a large white building which stands on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, inside which are inscribed the names of each of the sailors lost in the attack. In the wake of World War Two, a large public fundraising project helped raise sufficient funds to create the memorial, with Elvis Presley donating over $50,000 from a benefit concert. The memorial was finally dedicated in 1962 and is now part of a larger visitor centre which attracts over 1.5 million people each year.

To purchase the Foverer USS Arizona Memorial stamp, visit the USPS website.

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