US Postal Service announces new 'Forever' stamp honoring the late George H.W. Bush

It is a portrait painted by artist Michael J. Deas based on a 1997 photograph.
Posted at 3:42 PM, Apr 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-07 16:42:15-04

The United States Postal Service announced that it is issuing a new commemorative stamp honoring the late President George H. W. Bush.

The stamp, which is now available for pre-order, will be available for delivery following a first-day-of-issue ceremony, which will be held on Bush's birthday, June 12, at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

(MORE: George W. Bush eulogizes his father with laughter and tears: 'A genuinely optimistic man')"Great honor to be with Bush family and our advisory council members @Bush41Library for the unveiling today of the new @USPS postage stamp that will be released this June in honor of the 41st President's 95th birthday," Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted on Saturday.

The stamp was designed by Phil Jordan and is the latest addition to its "Forever" collection, according to a USPS announcement. It is a portrait of Bush painted by artist Michael J. Deas based on a 1997 photograph taken by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.

"The 41st president guided the United States through the end of the Cold War and drove the creation of a multinational coalition that successfully forced Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait in the Persian Gulf War. An advocate for public service, Bush explained his vision of a nation of volunteers as 'a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky,'" the announcement says.

George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States, died at age 94 on November 30, 2018. He was laid to rest next to his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush and his daughter Robin at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas.