BY REP. MARK TAKAI – Tomorrow, after almost 10 years, the creation of a USS Arizona Memorial stamp will become a reality.
In February 2005, I undertook the initiative to urge the United States Postal Service and the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee to support a proposal to create a commemorative stamp of the USS Arizona Memorial.
The importance of creating a stamp to commemorate the USS Arizona Memorial was to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and its freedoms, and to teach a new generation about events of historical significance that came about to shape the nation we know today.
Pearl Harbor is one of the most emotional and important war sites in the world for generations of Americans and Japanese. I felt that the creation of this very special stamp would be a fitting tribute to the 1,177 men and countless others who died on December 7, 1941.
The official launch event will be held on March 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Special invited guests participating in the event include U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka and Pearl Harbor survivors.
This national historical landmark, now memorialized forever on a postage stamp, is of tremendous importance as a scene of tragedy, triumph and ultimately, heroism. It is also significant as a naval memorial, a war grave, and a national symbol to honor those who fought for our freedom. Not only do we want to honor those heroes, but also teach a new generation about events of historical significance that came about to shape the nation we know today.
I hope you can join me at the First Day of Issue ceremony. If you cannot make it to the ceremony, please stop by your nearest post office to pick up your own USS Arizona Memorial postage stamp.
Mark Takai is a state representative and a candidate for congress.