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John F. Kennedy Postal Stamp Marks Birth Centennial Forever

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Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III and Postmaster General Megan Brennan unveil stamp. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
 

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 09:57 AM

John F. Kennedy’s "forever" postal stamp has been unveiled, and it marks the centennial of his birth: May 29, 1917.

The 35th U.S. president’s stamp was debuted at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on Monday, which fell on Presidents Day, according to the Maroc Journal.

More than 1,000 people were in attendance for the dedication ceremony to get a glimpse of the postal stamp that features a photo of Kennedy, which was taken in 1960.

During the ceremony, speakers recalled Kennedy’s years in the White House and what he would think of the country if he were around for today’s era of politics.

“I wonder what would President Kennedy think of our country right now with all the division and discontent?” said Rep. Kennedy, the late President’s great nephew, the Maroc Journal noted. “I wish I knew.”

Rep. Kennedy said JFK would likely lean on his religious beliefs if he were here today, saying he would rely on “his God, his nation and his people,” adding that “we need to stay true to that” as we move forward.

“What greater gift could we give than a permanent stamp on our history for 2017 and beyond,” U.S. Senator Edward Markey said.

“He tore down the barriers for all religious and ethnic makeups,” he said about what it took for Kennedy to win the presidency. “In JFK’s country, all things were possible.”

USPS originally announced the stamp in January, according to a press release.

The same stamp is available to customers at post offices across the country, NBC News noted.

“As we mark the centennial of his birth, we hope that the stamp will be an enduring symbol of President Kennedy’s call for service, innovation, and inclusion, and his belief that we each have the power to make this world a better place,” said Jack Schlossberg, JFK’s grandson.

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