New stamps celebrate Thanksgiving Day parades

September 13th, 2009

A Thanksgiving Parade of stamps began their march on Wednesday.

The four 44-cent parade stamps were released at ceremonies at Herald Square in New York, commemorating this traditional day of family togetherness, food and football.

"In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a Proclamation of Thanksgiving, marking the beginning of national recognition of an annual U.S. Thanksgiving holiday," said Joseph Corbett, Postal Service chief financial officer and executive vice president.

The stamps illustrate a marching band, large balloons of favorite animals and popular characters and crowds of onlookers.

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