Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse Stamp First Day of Issuance Ceremony

On Saturday morning, July 13, more than 200 people gathered in the shade of a tent on Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor to celebrate the release of a new Forever® […]

1016608_501720189896379_283950508_nOn Saturday morning, July 13, more than 200 people gathered in the shade of a tent on Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor to celebrate the release of a new Forever® stamp featuring Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse in New Castle, NH.

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L to R: Rick Coughlin, Jeremy D’Entremont, Governor Maggie Hassan, Chief David Andreesen, John Cantwell, Bob Trapani, Jr., and Elise Britton, representative of Rep. Carol Shea-Porter. Photo by William Marshall.

Speakers at the event included: Master of Ceremonies Richard Coughlin, U.S. Postal Service Northern New England District; Boatswains Mate Chief David Andreesen, officer in charge of Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor; Patricia Cohen, New Castle Selectwoman; Maggie Hassan, governor of the state of New Hampshire; Bob Trapani, Jr., executive director of the American Lighthouse Foundation; John Cantwell, U.S. Postal Service Northern New England District; and Jeremy D’Entremont, operations manager of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses. Statements were read by representatives of Senator Kelly Ayotte and Representative Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire.

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Governor Maggie Hassan speaks at the stamp dedication with Whaleback Lighthouse behind her. Photo by William Marshall.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Sharon D’Urso, postmaster of the Town of New Castle. The National Anthem was sung by Liesl Quigley of Kennebunkport, Maine, and Liesl also read the poem The Lighthouse by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Following the ceremony, well over 200 people were given volunteer-led tours of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse.

The new stamp is one of a series of five in the U.S. Postal Service’s New England Coastal Lighthouse series. Simultaneous dedication events were held at all five locations on July 13.

 

 

 

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Chief David Andreesen of Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor speaks at the stamp dedication event. Photo by William Marshall.

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The unveiling of the stamp, painted by Howard Koslow. Photo by William Marshall.