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June 8, 2022
StampNancyReaganNEW large storyWASHINGTON -White House, the U.S. Postal Service revealed the artwork of a commemorative Forever stamp to celebrate the centennial of former First Lady Nancy Reagan’s birth. The stamp design was unveiled by First Lady Jill Biden; Postmaster General Louis DeJoy; Ann Peterson, niece of Nancy Reagan; and Fred Ryan, chairman of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. The dedication ceremony for the Nancy Reagan Forever stamp will be held July 6 — the 101st anniversary of her birth and the culmination of her centennial year. The event will take place at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, CA. “Through our stamp program, the Postal Service seeks to commemorate and celebrate the very best of America, and Nancy Reagan truly represents that ideal,” said Postmaster General DeJoy. “The Postal Service takes great pride in our mission to bind the nation together and through the issuance of the Nancy Reagan stamp, we hope to provide the means for the public to come together in remembrance and commemoration of this great and impactful American. I, along with the 650,000 women and men of the United States Postal Service, am proud to honor First Lady Nancy Reagan with this stamp.” Petersen said of the stamp, “Nancy Reagan brought grace and honor to her role as first lady. She was fiercely loyal to her husband and her country, always placing them first. I am sure she would be humbled by this special tribute!” Ron Reagan, son of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, who was unable to attend the event, said, “Her own stamp! I’m sure she never expected to receive an honor like this. Neither did she expect to be flying all over the country stuck to the front of envelopes. She would, of course, have reacted modestly to this wonderful commemoration. But secretly she would be very pleased. On her behalf, I thank you.” Nancy Davis Reagan (1921–2016), wife of the 40th president, was First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Her husband’s most trusted adviser and champion, she was an important part of one of the most pivotal presidencies of the 20th century. Throughout her life, Reagan held a deep passion for her country, championing many causes along the way. Chief among these were the Foster Grandparents Program; Vietnam veterans and the plight of POWs and MIAs; drug and alcohol abuse prevention among youth; breast cancer awareness; and Alzheimer’s research. As First Lady, she worked hand in hand with her husband, both at home and abroad, and advocated for issues on both the national and international stage. Reagan’s partnership with her husband and devotion to his success, behind the scenes influence, and her legacy of public service made her one of the most significant first ladies in modern times.

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A stamp design honoring former first lady Nancy Reagan was unveiled during a ceremony at the White House on June 6 by first lady Dr. Jill Biden; Postmaster General Louis DeJoy; Anne Peterson, Reagan’s niece; and Fred Ryan, chairman of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.

“Welcome to the White House and thank you to the U.S. Postal Service. Isn’t this stamp just beautiful,” said Biden. “Next month would have been Mrs. Reagan’s 101st birthday ending her centennial year. With this stamp, we are affirming that she made such a difference. We can all change the world in big ways and small ones, and Mrs. Reagan reminds us that we need both.”

DeJoy added during the ceremony, “Through our stamp program, the Postal Service seeks to commemorate and celebrate the very best of America, and Nancy Reagan truly represents that ideal.”

He continued, “The Postal Service takes great pride in our mission to bind the nation together and through the issuance of the Nancy Reagan stamp, we hope to provide the means for the public to come together in remembrance and commemoration of this great and impactful American. I, along with the 650,000 women and men of the United States Postal Service, am proud to honor first lady Nancy Reagan with this stamp.”

The White House has released a video of the event, which took place in the East Room.

As first lady during her husband’s administration, Reagan was known for her campaign to fight youth drug abuse and her advocacy of research on Alzheimer’s disease.

“Nancy Reagan brought grace and honor to her role as first lady. She was fiercely loyal to her husband and her country, always placing them first,” Peterson said. “I am sure she would be humbled by this special tribute.”

Reagan championed causes as varied as breast cancer awareness, the plight of Vietnam veterans, and the Foster Grandparents Program.

In the Postal Service’s news release, son Ron Reagan Jr. said, “Her own stamp! I’m sure she never expected to receive an honor like this. … She would, of course, have reacted modestly to this wonderful commemoration. But secretly she would be very pleased. On her behalf, I thank you.”

The Forever stamp, which will be based on a portrait of the former first lady, will be dedicated at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, CA, on July 6 and sold at Post Offices and usps.com.

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