Nancy Reagan stamp to be unveiled June 6 at White House
By Charles Snee
The United States Postal Service announced June 1 that it plans to issue a commemorative forever stamp in honor of Nancy Reagan (1921-2016), who was the wife of Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, and served as first lady during her husband’s administration from 1981 to 1989.
“First Lady Jill Biden will host an unveiling of a new U.S. Postal Service stamp honoring former First Lady Nancy Reagan at the White House,” the Postal Service said. The unveiling will take place June 6 at 11 a.m. Eastern Time.
“The First Lady will be joined by Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Louis DeJoy, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute Fred Ryan, and Mrs. Reagan’s niece, Anne Peterson,” the USPS said.
According to a registration form on the Postal Service’s website, a first-day ceremony for the Nancy Reagan stamp is scheduled for July 6 at 11 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, Calif.
“Her husband’s most trusted advisor and champion, [Nancy Reagan] was an important part of one of the most pivotal presidencies of the 20th century,” the form states.
Prior to the surprise announcement of the Nancy Reagan stamp, the most recent first lady to appear on a U.S. stamp issue is Lady Bird Johnson (1912-2007), who graces one of the six commemorative forever stamps (Scott 4716f) on a souvenir sheet (4716) issued Nov. 30, 2012.
Postal Service spokesman Jim McKean told Linn’s Stamp News June 1 that “further information on the Nancy Reagan Forever Stamp will be announced soon.”
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