I used this title specifically to get your attention; for the many people in my family and when I had the honor to meet and work with that have served in the armed forces you know my support and gratitude is unending. But I take this moment to ask all of the Vision Pride out there to reach out and support the men and women in uniform of the United States Postal Service!
This institution and the people in it embody the very spirit needed in these times. Established on July 26, 1775 almost a year BEFORE the signing of the Declaration of Independence it has found a way and adapted to SERVE its people for over 240 years. During war, depression, the dust bowl and yes, pandemics!
The vital service these men and women in uniform provide across America can not be explained in just this blog but here are just a couple of items to note from the History Channel’s “This Day in History July, 26, 1775:
- Benjamin Franklin was the first Postmaster General.
- US Postal Service is the largest civilian employer with over 700,000 career workers.
- The US Postal Service is a NOT FOR PROFIT agency that covers its costs through postage and other related products. (Be informed)
- Over 44% of the WORLD’s cards and letters are processed by the USPS.
For some personal history, my Great Uncle James D. Larry Sr. was appointed acting Postmaster in 1933 and became Postmaster on February 08, 1935 where he served until his retirement in 1971. My Father worked there wearing the USPS uniform from the time he was 16 till he was married (if I hear the cat attacking him while delivering mail story one more time).
My cousin Jack Gerrettie retired as the Postmaster of Sahuarita, AZ in July of 2011 and his wife is currently the Postmaster in Anatolia, HI.
I share these stories because this institution has been ingrained in our country and my family history. It is important to have an affordable way of communication for the parts of our communities that are disenfranchised. Connection from the inner-city to the rural parts of this country is a large part of how, even in times of disagreement, we’re able to be “We the people”.
A carrier does not ask who you are, where come from; just where would you like your Birthday card, Wedding Invitation or just an old fashion “Thank You” to go!
All things must adapt, and the USPS has shown through history that it has been able to better then most (read about the Pony Express, War Letter’s from Home).
So here’s my THANK YOU to the Men and Woman of the USPS uniform, I thank you for your service and dedication during these times. We hope you and your families know that there are many of us who know and recognize what you do but more importantly know WHO you are.
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