Thursday, May 24, 2001

Vets applaud new U.S. stamp

By Jenny Callison
Enquirer contributor

        DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP — Tears, laughter and a host of memories spilled forth at a ceremony Wednesday at which a new postage stamp honoring military veterans was unveiled.

        Several veterans shared their bittersweet recollections during the program at the Kings Mills Post Office, which honored 16 Tristate men who were prisoners of war during World War II. They and their families were among the first to see the new stamp design.

        “This stamp is a thank-you to veterans, who continue to serve in many veterans' activities,” said Sue Vanzant, acting operations manager for the Cincinnati District of the U.S. Postal Service.

        She added that the new issue also pays tribute to all men and women in the armed forces, as well as the organizations that provide services to veterans and their families.

        Ms. Vanzant said that 25 million Americans, almost one in 10 adults, is a service veteran.

        “Of the 2,200 employees at our Dalton Avenue facility, half are veterans,” she said.

        Those in attendance at the outdoor ceremony expressed their pleasure with the stamp design, which shows a waving U.S. flag against a blue sky. Above the flag are the words “Honoring Veterans.” Below is the motto “Continuing to Serve.”

        “It's a beautiful stamp,” said Robert Walker of North Bend, who served in the 106th Infantry and was taken prisoner at the Battle of the Bulge.

        “I was captured 60 years ago, on May 20, 1941, on the island of Kuyo in the Pacific, and was a Japanese prisoner for 3 1/2 years,” recalled Louis Kolger, an Air Force veteran. “I think it's tremendous that people recognize the veterans.”

        Kings Mills was one of 30 post offices nationally at which the stamp was introduced. Ms. Vanzant said Cincinnati district officials chose that location because the office is a good revenue-producer and because staff member Maryan Harrison was willing to organize the event.


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