PR ‘Flags of Our Nation’ stamp issued
The single-star flag appears with a San Pedrito bird and the island’s mountains rising up behind a palm-lined beach. The stamp was issued Thursday as part of the post office’s ongoing “Flags of Our Nation” series.
States have joined the series in alphabetical order. Flag stamps for the Northern Mariana Islands, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee were also being introduced on Thursday.
The new stamps are “Forever stamps,” meaning that they can always be used on a first-class letter even if postage rates go up.
Puerto Rico Secretary of State Kenneth McClintock and Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi marked the launch at the agency’s headquarters in Old San Juan on Thursday.
McClintock praised the “excellent artistic representation of our colors and fauna.”
“The stamp is a small example of our identity and the attributes that characterize us as a people,” Pierluisi said.
The stamps are available at post offices around the island, via the internet at www.usps.com or by calling 1-800-782-6724.
Artist Tom Engeman, a resident of Bethany Beach, Del., created the flag portraits and views on the stamps.
Last year, the USPS issued a postage stamp in honor of Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos.