USPS Releases the Purple Heart with Ribbon Forever Stamp to Honor U.S. Military—MACtac®

MACtac® supplies pressure-sensitive adhesive label material for the latest Forever stamp

Recognizing the sacrifices of the men and women in the U.S. military, the U.S. Postal Service has issued the Purple Heart with Ribbon Forever stamp, prior to this year’s Memorial Day celebrations. MACtac® supplied the pressure-sensitive adhesive label materials for the 500 million, 44-cent first-class stamps issued.

The Purple Heart, said to be the oldest military decoration in the world that is still in use, is an award in the name of the president of the United States that honors members of the U.S. military wounded or killed in action. The original honor was a product of General George Washington who issued an order to establish a badge of distinction for commendable action during the Revolutionary War. The Purple Heart decoration seen today was established Feb. 22, 1932 to celebrate the 200th birthday of Washington.

"MACtac is honored to supply the label stock for such a prestigious stamp that was created solely to recognize the many brave men and women in our military," said Allison Hazel, marketing manager, MACtac Printing Products. “We hope this stamp serves to remind everyone of the sacrifices the U.S. military makes to safeguard our freedom.”

Although the stamp replicates the design of the Purple Heart decoration, Jennifer Arnold of Washington, D.C., designed the stamp in its entirety. Ira Wexler took the photo of the Purple Heart medal featured on the stamp, which was awarded to 1st Lieutenant Arthur J. Rubin for his service during World War II.

The Purple Heart with Ribbon Forever stamp is the second Purple Heart stamp issued by the USPS. In 2003, the Postal Service issued its first Purple Heart stamp, which featured a photograph also taken by Wexler of a Purple Heart; the medal was awarded to Lt. Colonel James Loftus Fowler in 1968.

As a Forever® stamp, the Purple Heart with Ribbon stamp, is available as a pane of 20 stamps, a block of 10 stamps, or a block of four stamps. Stamps may be purchased at local post offices, at the postal store website at, or by calling 800-STAMP-24.

MACtac has been a qualified supplier for USPS stamps for more than seven years, providing materials for a number of pressure-sensitive stamps, including the Wedding Roses, Neon Celebrate!, Holiday Evergreens Forever, Federal Duck Stamp, Nature of America: Hawaiian Rain Forest, Sunday Funnies and Adopt a Shelter Pet. For more information about MACtac Roll Label, please call 800.255.9733 or visit


About MACtac

MACtac is a leading global supplier of pressure-sensitive adhesives. Founded on personal service, technical support, quality assurance, custom capabilities and supply chain efficiency, MACtac is dedicated to providing superior quality to its customers. Headquartered in Stow, Ohio, MACtac is a subsidiary of the Bemis Company, Inc., the largest flexible packaging supplier in North America. For more information, please visit About Bemis Company, Inc.

Bemis Company is a major supplier of flexible packaging and pressure-sensitive materials used by leading food, consumer products, healthcare, and other companies worldwide. Founded in 1858, the Company is included in the S&P 500 index of stocks and reported 2010 net sales of $4.84 billion. The Company’s flexible packaging business has a strong technical base in polymer chemistry, film extrusion, coating and laminating, printing, and converting. Headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin, Bemis employs nearly 20,000 individuals worldwide. More information about the Company is available at our website,


Allison Hazel
MACtac Printing Products


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