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New Purple Heart Forever stamp honors sacrifice of military members

Posted: 9:05 AM, Oct 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-01 16:22:54-04
New Purple Heart Forever stamp honors sacrifice of military members

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is introducing a new Purple Heart Medal Forever stamp this month.

The Forever stamp will go on sale nationwide on Oct. 4 and will be issued in self-adhesive sheets of 20.

Like the Purple Heart Medal, the USPS says the stamp will honor the members of the U.S. military who have been wounded or killed in action.

The Purple Heart Medal has a long history that starts with George Washington, who established the Badge of Military Merit during the Revolutionary War. It was discontinued after the war, but reinstated with a new design in 1932, the 200th anniversary of Washington’s birth.

The new Forever stamp is a redesign that features a purple border that matches the brilliant purple of the medal and its ribbon.

Customers can purchase the stamp through The Postal Store at usps.com/shop starting Oct. 4.

The Forever stamp is always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.