April 4 was a special treat for stamp collectors. Juneau was one of 50 state capitals chosen for the first day sale of the "Greetings from America" stamps. A special program with a postmarked copy of the "Greetings from Alaska" stamp was given to those people in attendance at Centennial Hall. Similar ceremonies were held in the other 49 capitals and in New York City in conjunction with a stamp show.
Juneau postmaster Kent Eriksen and his staff have to be commended for putting on such an elaborate ceremony. Juneau's own Tlingit dancers performed prior to the opening ceremony. There was the U.S. Coast Guard Color Guard and the singing of "Alaska's Flag" by the Juneau-Douglas High School choir. This was followed by short speeches by postal officials and individuals representing various organizations and branches of government.
Postal employees did a superb job of postmarking envelopes and selling the beautiful sheets of stamps containing a design for each of the 50 states. I would highly recommend people buy these stamps and use on their mail. The ceremony ended with light refreshments.
The only drawbacks were the small attendance and that the print media should have covered this historic event.
A short article about the new Alaska stamp and a photo of the stamp appeared on page 2 of the April 4 edition of the Empire. - Editor