Post Office Honors 50th Anniversary of Alaska Statehood
Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) yesterday were able to preview the new Alaska statehood stamp with Postmaster General John Potter. The Postal Service unveiled the new Alaska Statehood stamp during the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce Fall Conference at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks today.
"This is a beautiful stamp," said Senator Stevens. "The Post Office did a great job selecting an image that conveys the spirit of Alaskans and the magnificence of our great state."
"This stamp not only depicts the beauty and the majesty of Alaska, but honors the 50th Anniversary of Alaska statehood," said Senator Murkowski. "We can all be proud of this lasting recognition."
"The Postal Service did an excellent job on this stamp," added Congressman Young. "It truly captures the beauty of our State and that Alaskan spirit and character that has made us so strong during our 50 years of Statehood. This stamp is the perfect tribute to our history and makes me greatly look forward to our future."
Tonight, Alaska Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell and USPS Alaska District Manager Dianne Horbochuk unveiled the stamp, which will be issued on January 2, 2009, the 50th anniversary of Alaska Statehood.
"The Postal Service is proud to issue this beautiful stamp in recognition of 50 years of Alaska as a state," said Horbochuk. "When the stamp comes out next year we think it will be very popular with Alaskans as well as throughout the United States."
Alaska became an official U.S. territory in 1912 and the 49th state on January 3, 1959.
PHOTO CAPTION: (Left-to-right) Congressman Young, Postmaster General John Potter, Senator Murkowski, and Senator Stevens with a commemorative picture of the new stamp.