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Former US President Gerald Ford honored on new postage stamp

Former US President Gerald Ford honored on new postage stamp

A postage stamp featuring Gerald R. Ford was released, honoring America's 38th president.
Simultaneous day-of-issue ceremonies were held Friday in the city where Ford grew up and near the community he later called home to mark the stamp's release.
The 41-cent first-class stamp features a painting of Ford and memorializes his life of public service. He was 93 when he died Dec. 26 at his home in Rancho Mirage, California.
The Postal Service produced 80 million of the stamps, which went on sale Friday. Artist Michael J. Deas of New York City created it under the direction of stamp designer Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, Maryland.
"We just feel like it's a wonderful stamp," said son Michael Ford, whose voice frequently cracked with emotion during the ceremony at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids. The late president's brother, Richard Ford, also was there.
Ex-presidents traditionally are remembered on stamps in the year following their deaths, while there is a five-year waiting period before other people can be honored.
Postmaster General John Potter joined the president's wife, Betty Ford, and their children, Jack Ford and Susan Ford Bales, for a dedication event at the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert, California, near Rancho Mirage.
Although she did not speak at the ceremony, it was the former first lady's first public appearance since her husband's death.
Ford, a Republican, was appointed vice president after Spiro Agnew resigned in 1973 and the next year became president after the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
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Updated : 2021-06-21 05:42 GMT+08:00