The United States Postal Service issued a new postage stamp Friday, honoring the heroes of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"We ask every American to use the Heroes of 2001 stamp on every letter and package they send. Because by doing this, we are also sending a message to our friends and a stark reminder to our enemies: We are Americans. We do not shirk our duty. We do not flee from danger. And we do not forget our heroes," said Postmaster General John E. Potter.
Potter dedicated the Heroes of 2001 stamp at the first day of issue ceremony held in Battery Park, a location neighboring the vacant site where the World Trade Center once stood.
In his speech Potter urged Americans to follow the lead of the Sept. 11 heroes.
"Some of us may be tempted to trust a little less ... Rather, I encourage you to look to the example of the heroes of 2001, and instead to trust a little more."
New York Gov., George E. Pataki, who was among those joining Potter in the stamp's dedication, expressed his gratitude to the Postal Service.
Stamp Will Provide Support
"Making this stamp available to all Americans is a fitting way to remember the heroic people that died on that terrible day in September while at the same time it will provide additional support for the family members who lost their loved ones," said Pataki.
"I want to thank the Postal Service, whose employees have shown great courage in the face of bioterror threats, for honoring our fellow Americans and delivering the message that we will move forward, but we will never forget."
The Heroes of 2001 stamp was designed by Derry Noyes of Washington, D.C. It features a detail of the famous photograph taken by Thomas E. Franklin of three firefighters as they raised the U.S. flag at Ground Zero.
The price of the stamp is 45 cents, and it is valid for postage at the First-Class one-ounce letter rate in effect at the time of purchase (currently 34 cents). The difference between the sales price of the stamp and the postage consists of a tax-deductible contribution.
The stamp's sales will generate funds to provide assistance to the families of the emergency rescue workers who were killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty in connection with the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, according to a U.S. Postal Service press release.
Funds raised in connection with the sales of the stamp are transferred to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).