Every year the U.S. Postal Service gets ideas for what should be put on stamps. A LOT of ideas. More than 80,000 requests are made each year. After those ideas are considered (can you IMAGINE how many off the wall ideas they get?) something like 40 stamps actually get issued. A quick look at those numbers and you can see the chances of getting national recognition on a stamp aren't great.
That's where WE come in.
At a press conference yesterday, State Sen. Neil Anderson announced a community-wide effort to feature Hero Street in Silvis on a new U.S. postage stamp. Second Street in Silvis is just a block and a half wide and yet, it's the home of more than 100 men and women who served in the U.S. Military. You can look up and down every street in America and not find any (certainly not of that size) that has contributed as many men and women in service to our country. Eight these brave men were killed in action during World War II and the Korean War.
Hero Street is something all Quad Citians should be proud of. It's a street all America should know about. If a U.S. Stamp honoring the street and the men and women who served our country is going to happen it's going to take a lot more than just the efforts of a state senator and local leaders. It's going to take all of us getting involved. It can't just be people form Silvis. It can't just be people from the Illinois side of the river. We can all work together to make this well deserved honor a reality.
The best (and easiest) way to make this dream of honoring our local heroes a reality is to send an honest to goodness old fashioned letter through the mail. Address it to:
Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee
475 E. L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Room 3300
Washington, DC. 20260-3501.
Tell them how much Hero Street means to you and why it's so important for it to be recognized.