1991 29¢ Flags on Parade
Issue Date: May 30, 1991
City: Waterloo, NY
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Photogravure
In 1866, the town of Waterloo, New York, became the first to observe Memorial Day in remembrance of the soldiers who died during the American Civil War.
Today, Memorial Day, which became a federal holiday in 1971, honors all Americans who gave their lives for their country.
This particular stamp was issued to commemorate the 125th anniversary of that first Memorial Day celebration. The design features three American flags waving in the breeze.
Designer Peter Cocci adapted his original design at the Citizens' Stamp Advisory committee's suggestion to picture the flags lined up in a staggered formation as though they were passing a viewer of a parade.