The U.S. Postal Service showcased the "Star-Spangled Banner" Forever stamp during a special ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, home to the 15-star, 15-stripe flag that inspired the national anthem.
Issued Jan. 28, the stamp was featured at the museum to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the "Star-Spangled Banner."
The "Star-Spangled Banner" Forever stamp is on sale today at post offices nationwide, online at: usps.com/stamps, at the Postal Store on eBay at: ebay.com/stamps, and by calling (800) STAMP24 (782-6724).
The “Star-Spangled Banner” Forever Stamp.
The formats available are a booklet of 20 stamps, coil of 100 stamps and an ATM sheetlet of 18 stamps.
This stamp design features a photograph of the flag that flies over Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Md.
This flag is a replica of the one that inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner" after realizing Fort McHenry had withstood the British attack of Sept.13-14, 1814.
The picture of the flag was taken against a backdrop of fireworks during an annual celebration of Defenders' Day, a legal holiday in the state of Maryland commemorating the successful defense of the city of Baltimore on Sept. 12, 1814, from an invading British force during the War of 1812.
Customers may view the "Star-Spangled Banner" Forever stamp, as well as a preview of many of this year's other stamps, on Facebook at: facebook.com/USPSStamps, on Twitter@USPSstamps or on the website: USPSstamps.com.
Kathleen Swanson is a spokeswoman for U.S. Postal Service.