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Obama honors ‘Postal Heritage Day’

For “Postal Heritage Day” on July 26, President Barack Obama wrote a tribute to the Postal Service and to the workers who carry out its mission.

NALC’s 2014 Convention in Philadelphia approved a resolution to observe July 26 as “Postal Heritage Day,” noting that the U.S. Postal Service traces its roots to an act of the Second Continental Congress on July 26, 1775, establishing a United States Post Office.

Here is what the president wrote:

I send greetings to all those marking Postal Heritage Day.    

Across bustling cities and rural towns, postal workers have long worked to connect Americans with relatives and loved ones, friends new and old, business and government leaders—and even Presidents. The task of delivering mail is as old as our Nation itself, and enduring snow and heat, rain and gloom, our postal workers have since striven to ensure that the movement of ideas, information, and goods remains quick and affordable.

On Postal Heritage Day, we are reminded of the rich history of the United States Postal Service and of how far we have come since the first mail carriers moved westward to map out new routes and frontiers of a growing Nation. Our postal workers deserve to be recognized for the essential services they have provided our Nation and for their efforts to ensure minorities and veterans are included in our workforce. I join many people across America in extending my gratitude to all those who carry out the important work of the United States Postal Service.

As you celebrate the special place USPS holds in our country, I wish you all the best.