In a White house ceremony on March 11, President George W. Bush and Postmaster General John E. Potter unveiled the "Heroes of 2001" stamp, designed to raise funds to assist the families of emergency and relief workers killed or permanently disabled in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The 45-cent "semipostal" stamp designed by Derry Noyes features an image of the now-famous photograph by Thomas E. Franklin of three New York City firefighters raising an American flag at the ground zero site, plus the word "heroes" with "USA" and "2001."
"Semipostal" means the stamp will be valid for postage at the first class letter rate at time of purchase (34 cents), and the remainder of the 11-cent difference in price between the sale price and postage of the stamp is a tax deductible contribution to be transferred to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and may not be used to pay postage.
The stamps, with a total production of 205-million, are expected to be available by late spring.
To view the stamp online, go to the Postal Service Web site at www.usps.com and click on News and Events, then Philatelic News, or for more information call toll-free 1-800-STAMP-24.