Maya Angelou left her stamp on this world with her life lived through stories and poems.Now, the legendary scribe is immortalized on the Maya Angelou Forever Stamp, which the U.S. Postal Service previewed Wednesday.It showcases Atlanta-based artist Ross Rossin’s 2013 48-inch-by-48-inch oil-on-canvas portrait of the author, poet, actress, and champion of civil rights.Featured on the stamp is the quotation by Angelou, “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”
Medal of Honor Winners
8 March 2015, will mark the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the ground war in Vietnam with the deployment of 3,500 Marines. By war’s end on April 30, 1975, nearly 3 million service men and women fought in the conflict that would take the lives of more than 58,000 Americans.Of those who served during the Vietnam War, 258 were awarded the Medal of Honor.
More than six out of 10 award recipients made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives while performing the courageous acts for which they were later honored. American military advisers had been involved in South Vietnam since the 1950s.The Postal Service will honor these Americans by dedicating the Limited Edition Vietnam War Medal of Honor Prestige Folio Forever stamps on Memorial Day, May 25. The ceremony, hosted by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, and the National Park Service, will take place at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public.The Prestige Folio stamp sheet depicting many of the nearly 50 living Vietnam War recipients will be previewed later. The folio, which lists the names of all 258 recipients, will be modeled after the World War II and Korean War Medal of Honor Prestige Folio stamp sheets issued in 2013 and 2014 respectively.