Stamp Dedicated at Battlefield Site
January 09, 2015
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NEW ORLEANS — Jan. 8 marked the 200th anniversary of Major General Andrew Jackson’s triumphant victory over the British at the Battle of New Orleans. To commemorate this historic event, the U.S. Postal Service dedicated the War of 1812 Battle of New Orleans Limited Edition Forever stamps at the site of the battle.
The first-day-of-issue stamp dedication ceremony took place at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve/Chalmette Battlefield, in Chalmette, LA 70043. The ceremony and events throughout the day paid tribute to those involved in the battle. Dignitaries, living history reenactors and representatives of groups, organizations, service branches and American Indian tribes that took part in the battle participated.
“With a group of U.S. troops, state militia and volunteers that was greatly outnumbered by British soldiers, Jackson defeated the British decisively 200 years ago,” said U.S. Postal Service Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee member Peter Argentine. “And in halting the British plans to attack New Orleans, Jackson almost instantly established himself as a national icon and military hero. By portraying achievers and achievements — ideas and ideals — stamps honor America’s heritage and heroes and bring historical subjects to life. That is certainly true of our newest stamp which commemorates the final battle of the two-and-a-half year war with Great Britain.”
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