March 20, 2019

A Fresh Take on Patriotic Stamps

National First Day of Issue Ceremony to Dedicate Star Ribbon Forever Stamp Friday, March 22 in Oakbrook Terrace 60181

Star Ribbon stamp

CHICAGO IL — The Postal Service is issuing a Star Ribbon Forever stamp with a First Day of Issue ceremony on Friday, March 22 in Oakbrook Terrace 60181.   The ceremony will take place at the ASDA Midwest Postage Stamp Show at the Holiday Inn Chicago Oakbrook located at 17W350 22nd Street in Oakbrook Terrace.  The Star Ribbon Forever stamp will be dedicated at 11 a.m. 

Michael J. Elston, acting Secretary of the Board of Governors, United States Postal Service is the Dedicating Official.

The first-day-of-issue event for the stamp is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #StarRibbonStamp.   The stamps and a First Day of issue cancellation will also be available.

The stamp features a digital illustration of a star made from a single red, white and blue ribbon. The stamp will be sold in coils of 3,000 and 10,000 and in panes of 20.   

The tri-colored ribbon, folded into a patriotic symbol, is intended to evoke the connectedness of the American people. Aaron Draplin, who designed the stamp, created the artwork first by sketching the design by hand and then rendering it digitally. Greg Breeding served as the project’s art director.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic or at Post Office locations nationwide.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.



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