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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations March 16-17, 2002:

Recognizing Heroes

The Stamp Collecting Report, 
I'm Lloyd de Vries.

On the six-month anniversary of the September 11th attacks, 
President Bush unveiled the design of the upcoming Heroes of 
Two Thousand One semi-postal stamp.

A semi-postal costs more  than a regular first-class stamp -- 
45 cents in this case -- with the difference going to charity. 

The design shows three firefighters raising the U-S flag over 
the rubble of the World Trade Center.

The U-S has never issued stamps honoring living people, and 
for the past several decades, said those commemorated must have 
been dead 10 years or more. The one exception is presidents 
who have died.

The firefighters shown on this stamp attended the White House 

Sometimes living people have been used as models for stamps, 
but usually with their features changed. Not this case: It's 
the famous photograph from a New Jersey newspaper in all its 

What it came down to was...this was the most positive, upbeat 
image representing the tragedies of last year. 

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News.

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