2002 Heroes of 2001
Issue Date: June 7,2002
City: New York, New York
Printed By: Ashton Potter (USA) LTD.
Printing Method: Lithograph
Perforations: 11 ¼
The Heroes of 2001 Semi-postal stamp raised funds to assist the families of emergency relief personnel killed or permanently disabled in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The image is based on a photo taken by photographer Thomas Franklin of three weary firefighters raising a flag over the rubble that had been the World Trade Center.
This stamp sold for 45¢, 11¢ above the one-ounce first-class postage rate. The additional proceeds went to a fund, managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to provide assistance to the families. As of March 2003, sales of the stamp had raised $6.5 million for the recipients.
This stamp is the second U.S. semipostal issued and was mandated by an act of Congress.