The National Cherry Blossom Festival will be the focus of a brand new Forever stamp being issued by the U.S. Postal Service next year.
Starting Monday, the Postal Service started giving the public a daily sneak peak online of the upcoming issues, and the debut features a landscape view of the tidal basin in full bloom.
The stamp -- or stamps, as two stamps form the left and right halves of a panoramic view of the cherry trees in bloom around the Tidal Basin -- will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Japan's gift of more than 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, D.C.
"Stamps reflect our American culture, icons and lifestyles," said Stephen Kearney, the executive director of Stamp Services, adding, "We have stamps with nearly every topic imaginable."
The Cherry Blossom Festival stamp was created by artist Paul Rogers, of Pasadena, Calif., and art director Phil Jordan, of Falls Church, Va.
Each year the festival brings thousands of people to our region, and the Postal Service's stamp will no doubt the new stamps will simply serve to remind people of the annual event.
The new stamp will be equal in value to the current first-class, one-ounce mailing rate at the time it's issued.