Ranzenhofer and Veterans Purchase the New 44 Cent Purple Heart Stamp


Clarence Center, N.Y. – Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer joined Erie County Veterans Services Director Patrick Welch and other local veterans to purchase the new Purple Heart Stamp re-issued at the First-Class mail price of 44 cents at the Clarence Center Post Office today.

“The Purple Heart Stamp is a tribute to those service men and women who have bravely defended the liberty and freedom for which our country stands.  The Purple Heart Stamp publicly commemorates all of those who have been killed or wounded in battle and the democratic principles for which they fought,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.  “I encourage everyone to purchase the Purple Heart Stamp at their local post office as a tribute to our servicemen and women.”

Senator Ranzenhofer encouraged the Postmaster General and the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee to issue the Purple Heart Stamp as a Forever Stamp. 

“The Purple Heart is an outstanding choice for a Forever Stamp since it is the oldest award still given to members of the United States military and it honors the sacrifices of our service men and women.  I hope that the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee will consider printing a Purple Heart Forever Stamp since it is an enduring symbol worthy of a Forever Stamp.”

“The Purple Heart Stamp represents the bravery, courage, and sacrifice during veterans’ service to our country.  The Purple Heart Stamp serves as a reminder of the tremendous sacrifices that our service men and women make when serving our country,” said Erie County Veterans Services Director Patrick Welch. 

“It’s only fitting that people who put themselves in harm’s way and have been wounded in battle are honored by their country.  A very fitting tribute is by the creation of a stamp recognizing their sacrifice,” said Purple Heart Recipient Ian McPherson. 

General George Washington established the Purple Heart on August 7, 1782.  Over 1,700,000 service men and women have received the world’s oldest military honor still awarded today. 

The United States Postal Service re-issued the Purple Heart Stamp this May.  Earlier this year, Senator Ranzenhofer wrote to Postmaster General John Potter and co-sponsored a legislative resolution requesting the United States Postal Service issue the Purple Heart stamp as a permanent Forever Stamp.  The New York State Senate adopted the resolution unanimously on March 10.