USS Arizona Memorial

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett; USPS, Arizona District, Manager of Operations Programs Support John Morgan; and U.S. Army Veteran, Pearl Harbor Survivor and Mesa, AZ, resident Albert Thomas reveal the USS Arizona Memorial stamp.

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett; Arizona District Manager of Operations Programs Support John Morgan; and U.S. Army Veteran, Pearl Harbor Survivor and Mesa, AZ, resident Albert Thomas reveal the USS Arizona Memorial stamp.

Every year, more than a million people visit the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor and remember the events of December 7, 1941. This shrine to the 1,177 sailors aboard the Arizona who lost their lives that day also marks the entry of the United States into World War II.

A stamp unveiling ceremony was held in Phoenix, AZ, last week next to Arizona’s WWII Memorial to reveal the new USS Arizona Memorial stamp.

The WWII Memorial, opened to the public on Dec. 7, 2013, includes gun barrels from both the USS Arizona and the USS Missouri, as well as a display of the names of Arizonans who died in active duty during the war. The stamp ceremony took place adjacent to the gun barrel from the USS Arizona.

Unveiling the stamp at the event were Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett; Arizona District Manager of Operations Programs Support John Morgan; and U.S. Army Veteran, Pearl Harbor Survivor and Mesa, AZ, resident Albert Thomas.

Thomas recalled the events of Dec. 7, 1941, when he was stationed in Honolulu and noted that the list of his fellow Pearl Harbor survivors is getting shorter each year. Of those who have passed over the years, Thomas concluded the ceremony emotionally, saying, “May they be remembered, down to the last man. Rest in peace, brothers. Rest in peace.”

The USS Arizona Memorial stamp is now available as a Priority Mail Express stamp by clicking here.

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