September 9, 2015 Edition

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ceremony set
for Elvis stamp

On Friday, Sept.18, a special dedication ceremony will be held in Walnut Ridge for the "Music Icons: Elvis Presley Commemorative Forever" stamp.

The event, which starts at 10 a.m., will take place at the Guitar Walk and is free and open to the public.

The U.S. Postal Service held an official First Day of Issue national ceremony for the stamp on August 12 in Memphis.

The stamps are part of the Postal Service's "Music Icons" series, and feature 16 stamps in panes designed to suggest a classic 45 RPM record sleeve. The stamps and a limited number of commemorative cachets will be available for purchase at the ceremony.

Noted author and reporter Ivor Davis, who will also be a featured speaker at the Beatles at the Ridge Artists and Authors Symposium, will serve as guest speaker for the Walnut Ridge ceremony. Arkansas District Manager David Camp will provide stamp dedication remarks. Other participants will include local community members and postal officials.

"Elvis Presley is a natural addition to our Music Icon Series," said Camp. "His life and talents are an incredible story. Spanning from his humble beginnings in a Tupelo two-room house to becoming one of the most legendary performance artists of the 20th Century. Elvis Presley's works continue to resonate with millions the world over."

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