Bill Monroe Commemorative Postage Stamp - Act NOW!
letter from Jim Peva, February, 2003)
Would you like to see Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music, honored by a commemorative
United States Postage Stamp? If you would, the time to act is NOW, and all you have to do is to
write and mail a letter.
Each year, the United States Postal Service considers the issuance of approximately 25 commemorative
postage stamps. Under its guidelines, which you can read at:
the honoree must have been dead for at least 10 years, which in Bill Monroe's case will be September
9, 2006. The 95th anniversary of his birth, September 13, 2006, which is only 4 days later, would
be a logical date for the issuance of the stamp. The guidelines further recommend that the process
be started 3 years before the issuance year, which is 2003.
The first step is for a citizens' committee to select, and narrow down to approximately 25, the
worthy nominees for each year. This they do by considering letters, cards, petitions, etc., sent
to them by the public at large. After that, the committee considers artwork and other details
for the stamp. Because Bill Monroe's music is appreciated worldwide, nominations from outside
the USA would be very appropriate. If you would like to participate in this effort on behalf of
a great American musical genius, write your letter to:
Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee
c/o Stamp Development, US Postal Service
475 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Room 5670
Washington, DC 20260-2437
Don't delay -- if we all pitch in and do our part by writing a letter, and telling our friends,
Bill Monroe can receive this well-deserved recognition from the country that he loved.