Governor John Baldacci and postal service officials unveiled a new Maine stamp that features the state flag and a moose.
Since 2002 two other stamps that extol the natural wonders and cultural heritage of Maine were issued by the Postal service. They include one of Arcadia National Park and another with a moose and the Portland Head Light.
The first-day-of-sale ceremony in the State House Hall of Flags marked Maine’s participation in a new series that began last year and continues through 2012. The Flags of Our Nation series includes all 50 state flags, five territories and the District of Columbia.
Baldacci said that the state’s visitors from around the world recognize our natural wonders, and that those same visitors return to Maine principally because of the welcoming hospitality they have received on vacation.
“Maine people are the best, most qualified workers, dedicated to what ever task they are given. I’m glad to see the state flag featured on the stamp because it represents all of those people.”
Augusta City Council member Mark O’Brien encouraged the public to write personal letters and use the new stamps. “Perhaps we can all resolve to spend a few moments today to make someone’s day by penning a message with one of the new, beautiful Maine stamps,” he said.
After the stamp was officially unveiled, Natasha Knight, whose father is a Madison letter carrier, sang the “State of Maine Song.