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Saturday, September 10, 2011

US Flag and the Tenth anniversary of 9/11 (September 11) attack

The September 11 attacks or 9/11, were a series of four coordinated suicide attacks against targets in New York City and the Washington, D.C. area on September 11, 2001. We may now look back and glance through the philatelic tributes to the heroes of 9/11 attacks and say aloud "no more terrorism', enough is enough.
 The United States Postal Service issued a new semi-postal stamp, 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 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. "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 was 45 cents, and it is valid for postage at the First-Class one-ounce letter rate in effect at the time of purchase (then 34 cents). The difference between the sales price of the stamp and the postage consists of a tax-deductible contribution. The stamp's sales generated 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. 
 Firefighters and photographer are reunited at the stamp unveiling on 11 March 2002, six months after the Trade Center attack. Standing (from left) are Postmaster General Jack Potter, Firefighters William "Billy" Eisengrein and George Johnson, President George W. Bush, US Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.), Firefighter Dan McWilliams, and Thomas E. Franklin. (White House photo)

 Flag over ground zero has disappeared.
The American flag that was raised by three firefighters over the  wreckage of the World Trade Center, one of the most enduring images of 11 September, has disappeared. After the flag was removed from the site during cleanup, the flag flew on US ships serving in Afghanistan. Then, in March, it was returned to New York City officials. But the flag  that city officials preserved measures 1.5 - 2.4 metres. The flag the firefighters raised measured 1.2 - 1.8 metres, according to its original owners.----- Associated Press (AP) reported on September 5, 2002
 Non US commemorative stamps of 9/11. 
Several countries have issued 9/11 stamps to show solidarity with the U.S. include Israel, Mongolia, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Lesotho, St. Vincent, The Marshall Islands, The Virgin Islands, Uganda and The Bahamas.The list is almost endless. Here are a few examples;
 Israel Jerusalem’s tribute to New York Trade Center victims
   "10th Memorial Anniversary September 11th",
Israel 2011, three personalized sheets in English depicting various sites and scenes of the World Trade Center, New York landmarks and the three American leaders involved with the post September 11th tragedy and reconstructions. These sheets were issued on the Flag generic sheet of 12 stamps and 12 labels along with the inscriptions "Always Remember Never Forget" in the side panels.
 Chad 2008: Miniature sheet of four stamps featuring different fire engines and an image of the World Trade Center towers after the September 11th attack in New York City.

 Guinea 2011: "Presidents of the United States" George W. Bush souvenir sheet depicting World Trade Center{Sept 11, 2001} & Iraq War.

 World Trade Center before its destruction, Sharjah, 1964.


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