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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2012
Lady Bird Johnson, a highly respected and influential woman in American history, will be recognized by the U.S. Postal Service during the year marking the centennial of her birth with a commemorative Forever Stamp.
The new Forever Stamp honoring Mrs. Johnson — who was married to the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson — will feature her official White House portrait, as well as the artwork of stamps originally issued in the 1960s to encourage planting flowers to beautify America.
“Lady Bird Johnson’s impact to society continues to be felt by many today,” said Thurgood Marshall Jr., Chairman of the Postal Service Board of Governors. “Anyone who drives our nation’s highways today still benefits from her leadership transforming the American landscape and helping preserve its natural beauty. We’re pleased to honor her with this stamp.”
“During her lifetime Lady Bird Johnson was recognized for many achievements related to her advocacy for the environment, including the passing of The Highway Beautification Act of 1965,” said Postmaster General and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe. “We’re pleased to join the celebration honoring what would be her 100-year birthday and also to continue to help further her important legacy of creating a more beautiful America.”
The stamps will be issued for sale nationwide this December.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.