George H.W. Bush stamp to be Released

2019-05-24 Fri

The USPS will be issuing a memorial stamp for President George H.W. Bush on 12th June at College Station, Texas. The George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is located at College Station in A&M University. The ceremony will be held in the Frymire Auditorium at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center, 1002 George Bush Drive. Several important delegates would be participating in this ceremony.

The non-denominated forever stamp will be issued in panes of 20. Artist Michael J. Deas painted the portrait featured on the stamp. The portrait is based on a photograph taken in 1997 by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. The stamp was designed by Postal Service art director Phil Jordan. Two first-day cancels are also being offered; one in black, and one in multiple colours. The cancels contain text with small stars and other simple designs. The name President George H.W. Bush is highlighted in larger letters.

The stamp will be issued more than six months after the president’s death. It is generally issued sooner, on or close to the late president’s birth date. The U.S. Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee advises that stamps honouring a deceased individual will be released three years after his or her death. However, stamps honouring a U.S. president will be issued after they are deceased, without any time limitations.

Born on 12th June 1924, in Milton, Mass, Bush was a U.S. Navy fighter pilot during World War II who flew 58 combat missions in the Pacific. He got three Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross after completing his service in the Air Force in 1945. He went on to serve several important positions such as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, ambassador to the UN, and U.S. Congressional representative from Texas. He was the vice president to President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989 before he became the president from 20th January 1989 to 20th January 1993. He was responsible for handling the Cold War intelligently. He formed a multinational coalition after which Iraq was forced to withdraw from Kuwait in the Persian Gulf War. He believed in building a nation of volunteers just like stars in a board peaceful sky. 12 years after he became the president, his son, George W. Bush, was elected as the 43rd president on 20th January 2001. George H.W. Bush died on 30th November 2018 at the age of 94 at his home in Houston, Texas.

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