"When I go out of doors in the summer night, and see how high the stars are," 19th-century philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote. "I am persuaded that there is time enough, here or somewhere, for all that I must do."
With this illustration of a red, white and blue striped star, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates American patriotism with a new 46-cent Forever stamp on sale now.
Many of our nation's state flags prominently feature stars in their design. The groundbreaking Flags of Our Nation series, issued from 2008-12, celebrates the flags of all 50 states, six territories and commonwealths and, of course, the Stars and Stripes.
The star is one of the nation's quintessential symbols, a shining reminder of our indomitable spirit. The Patriotic Star stamp features a red, white and blue five-pointed star on a white background.
The star on the stamp is actually two stars - a smaller one inside a larger one. Both have five points, like the stars on the American flag.
Created digitally by artist Nancy Stahl, the star is designed to look like it is crafted from striped ribbon. Greg Breeding served as the art director on the project.
Customers have 90 days from the official first day of issuance date to obtain first day of sale postmarks on new stamps and stationery items. Collectors may request a local first day of sale postmark by mail only.
There is no charge for servicing of first day of sale postmarks up to 50 covers. Mail-in customers must supply a self-addressed envelope with sufficient return postage to return the serviced covers.
To obtain the first day of sale postmark, mail stationery items bearing Patriotic Star stamps to Customer Relations USPS, 79 Mid Cape Terrace, Suite 8, Cape Coral, FL 33991. Specify which city you are requesting a postmark for: Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples or Sanibel.
All orders must be postmarked by June 19.
For more information about purchasing stamps, stamps by mail, postal regulations, a free subscription to "USA Philatelic" magazine, Post Office events, the location of the nearest postal store or contract unit, or for answers to your specific Postal Service questions, contact USPS at (800) 275-8777, or visit: www.usps.com.
For detailed information on selection criteria for stamps, visit: www.stamps.com/communications/organization/csac.htm.
The USPS receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services for revenue.
Debra Mitchell is a spokeswoman for U.S. Postal Service.